Enhancing the role of community-health workers in research

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With recognition of the importance of meeting the needs of underserved communities and the shift to more primary care - community-health workers need to be part of health teams. Community-health workers, in voluntary and salaried positions, augment the roles of professionals through outreach and community-based work and serve as liaisons between communities and institutions. This article describes the rationale for inclusion of community-health workers in research; their roles and responsibilities; and issues in their selection, training, and supervision. Examples are given from the authors' experience with interventions by nurse and community teams. Inclusion of community-health workers enriches the comprehensiveness of a holistic scientific approach to understanding health in a community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-226
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1996


  • Community based interventions
  • Community-health worker
  • Nursing research
  • Outreach worker
  • Paraprofessional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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