Health education &
interprofessional practice


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An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Health education involves understanding health behaviour and transforming health outcomes for people, organisations, communities and populations.

When health education meets interprofessional education, so that health and social care professionals from more than one discipline learn together as a team, it can improve collaboration, optimise professional competencies, and enhance the quality of care. As well as this collaboration, health educators are increasingly prioritising the role of peer education and the impact of user involvement in health education and promotion.

Here, we aim to understand some fundamental objectives of health care education by asking the following questions: Why does education matter to health? Does peer education always ‘improve’ health education? What is the role of user involvement in health education? And has the role of interprofessional education been overstated?

We invite you to join the discussion. If you have research, insights and/or viewpoints that relate to health education and interprofessional practice, then please get in touch.

This mission is aligned with our Healthier lives goal

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The role for service users in higher education – why it matters

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Eleanor Jack, Bournemouth University, UK

Eleanor Jack discusses the experience between the collaboration of mental health undergraduate nursing students and service users, and the influence this has on creating the health care workforce of the future.

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Article: Service user involvement in an undergraduate nursing programme from The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice.


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Book chapter

Service-Learning in Allied Health Education: Developing Ethical Practitioners Through Community-engaged Teaching and Learning

Book: Civil Society and Social Responsibility in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Curriculum and Teaching Development…
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Implementing health intervention in primary care centres: barriers and facilitators

What are the barriers and facilitators in implementing a health promotion intervention in a primary care setting?

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Article: Barriers and facilitators in the implementation of an evidence-based health promotion intervention in a primary care setting: a qualitative study

Journal of Health Organization and Management

What’s in the infographic

Implementing health intervention in primary care centres: barriers and facilitators

Evidence-based health interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle can reduce the risk of serious illnesses.

The Prescribing Healthy Life programme in Spain seeks to curb unhealthy habits through interventions at primary care centres:

  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Unhealthy diet

What are the barriers and facilitators in implementing a health promotion intervention in a primary care setting?

Researchers conducted focus groups with health professionals from primary care centres in Basque Country, Spain, where the Prescribing Healthy Life programme was implemented:

  • 6 care centres
  • 49 health professionals
  • 7 focus groups


  • Lack of financial and political support for implementation
  • Consultation time constraints
  • Difficulty managing day-to-day demands
  • Lack of unity among staff
  • Poor communication among staff
  • Less than half of the staff on board with the programme


  • Perception of health promotion as a valuable part of the health system
  • Adjusting patient schedules to allow longer consultation times
  • Schedule-sharing of patients
  • A centre culture that values teamwork
  • Scheduling weekly meetings for all centre staff
  • Encouraging commitment by making sure participation is not too demanding

Health interventions benefit from the values of primary care professionals, and implementation can be improved by addressing management- and policy-related barriers.

Barriers and Facilitators in the Implementation of an Evidence-based Health Promotion Intervention in a Primary Care Setting: A Qualitative Study
Rogers et al. (2021) DOI: 10.1108/jhom-12-2020-0512
Journal of Health Organization and Management

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