Consumer-oriented evaluation of health education services

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the presence of formal health education units in health plans on the health education reported by the consumer. The research consisted of interviews with health educators in the Israeli health plans and a random sample of telephone interviews with 793 Israeli residents between the ages of 45 and 75. The interviews with consumers included measures of counseling on smoking, physical activity, weight reduction, hypertension and diabetes. Two of the four Israeli health plans have formal health education units. After adjustment for other variables, however, the quality and quantity of counseling reported by the consumers does not differ, in most subjects, between health plans with or without health education units. The presence of a health education unit within a health plan had little effect on the counseling reported by the consumer. The reasons for and implications of the results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-147
Number of pages9
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2003

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This survey was funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research.


  • Counseling
  • Health education services
  • Health plan
  • Israel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)


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