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Importance of Health Education Research to Health Education

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Objective: To focus on the benefits and importance of research to the practice of health education. Methods: The paper discussed the potential of quality research as well as the barriers that keep health educators from using, applying, and sharing their work. Results: The basic challenges health educators face in translating their research into practice relate to: becoming well-versed in the science base and previous lessons learned; collaborating effectively; and passing on knowledge by mentoring. Conclusions: To move forward, health educators need to organize their knowledge and make it accessible. This includes explicit and tacit knowledge, work in progress, and a coordinated research agenda. Finally, health educators need to be flexible so they can enable future research needs.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Education, Director, Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 2: Department of Health Education, Co-Director, Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Publication date: 2001-05-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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