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Health Promotion Dissemination and Systems Thinking: Towards an Integrative Model

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Objective: To help close the gap between health promotion research and practice by using systems thinking. Methods: We reviewed 3 national US tobacco control initiatives and a project (ISIS) that had introduced systems thinking to tobacco control, speculating on ways in which systems thinking may add value to health promotion dissemination and implementation in general. Results: The diversity of disciplines involved in tobacco control have created disconnection in the field; systems thinking is necessary to increase the impact of strategies. Conclusion: Systems thinking has potential to improve synthesis, translation, and dissemination of research findings in other health promotion initiatives.
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Keywords: community; dissemination; health promotion; planning; systems thinking

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver Hospital and Health Centre, Canada. 2: School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. 3: Battelle Centers for Public Health Research & Evaluation, Baltimore, MD. 4: Health Systems Policy Development and Community Involvement, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 5: Tobacco Control Research Branch US National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD.

Publication date: 2003-11-01

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