Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin, OHPE Bulletin 372, Volume 2004, No. 372

Introduction

In this week's feature, we have an excerpt from the Heart Health Resource Centre's The Use of Theory in Heart Health Promotion: What it can (and cannot tell us). Author Jennifer Poole notes, "The word 'theory' generates a fair amount of response. It can make some queasy and some curious, some calm and some confused. Often, it generates a feeling of vague, creeping anxiety. It is a word that we hear regularly in health promotion work, tied up with best practices and improved outcomes. It is something that we think that we should know.Yet, theory does not have to be daunting. It can be made accessible and understandable and ultimately improve the work we undertake as health promotion practitioners." (Poole, 2003)

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