The integration of theory with practice: a 12-year case study

Health Educ Q. Fall 1992;19(3):355-68. doi: 10.1177/109019819201900307.


Although the integration of health education theory with practice has always been taught, this linkage has not always occurred as a systematic part of program or theory development. This paper reflects the 12-year experience of one health education program which started from a base not soundly grounded in theory and moved to one tightly linked with theory. Throughout this process, outcome data were collected allowing for evaluations of both practice and theory.

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / prevention & control*
  • Arthritis / psychology
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Community Health Services / standards
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Patient Education as Topic / standards
  • Program Development*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychological Theory*
  • Self Care / psychology*