A first step-a call for distinguishing between health information giving and health education

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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Health education aims to facilitate changes in lifestyles and health beliefs of populations, cognitively, behaviorally, socially and environmentally. In this decade, health education has been better received by citizens and is being valued by academia because of the prevalence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and mental disorders and various types of infectious diseases such as SARS and bird flu. In the field of teaching and research on health education in Hong Kong about ten years, as a health educator, my primary objective of this commentary is to call for distinguishing between health information giving and health education. This commentary suggests the needs for the reconceptualization of client-health profession relationship (e.g., partners and alliances) and for awareness of the essences (e.g., two-way communication, human encounter and contextual sharing) of heath education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Education
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges, Issues and Impact
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781608765683
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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