Theory at a Glance: A Guide for Health Promotion Practice   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the second edition of Theory at a Glance: A Guide for Health Promotion Practice. From the Foreword: "The National Cancer Institute is pleased to sponsor the publication of this guide, but its relevance is by no means limited to cancer prevention and control. The principles described herein can serve as frameworks for many domains of public health intervention, complementing focused evidence reviews such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 'Guide to Community Preventive Services'. This report also complements a number of other efforts by NCI [National Cancer Institute] and our federal partners to facilitate more rigorous testing and application of health behavior theories through training workshops and the development of new Web-based resources. One reason theory is so useful is that it helps us articulate assumptions and hypotheses concerning our strategies and targets of intervention. Debates among policymakers concerning public health programs are often complicated by unspoken assumptions or confusion about which data are relevant. Theory can inform these debates by clarifying key constructs and their presumed relationships. Especially when the evidence base is small, advocates of one approach or another can be challenged to address the mechanisms by which a program is expected to have an impact. By specifying these alternative pathways to change, program evaluations can be designed to ensure that regardless of the outcome, improvements in knowledge, program design, and implementation will occur."

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NIH Publication No. 05-3896; National Institute of Health Publication No. 05-3896
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National Cancer Institute: http://www.cancer.gov/
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