Linking the NIH strategic plan to the research agenda for social workers in health and aging

Victoria H. Raveis, Daniel S. Gardner, Barbara Berkman, Linda Harootyan

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Although social work has a long and distinctive tradition of practice-relevant research aimed at enhancing the health and well-being of older adults, the profession has been underrepresented among the ranks of academic researchers and the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) scientific endeavors. In this article, the inherent capacities of social workers to generate and disseminate empirical health-related knowledge are discussed and recent developments in social work's geriatric research infrastructure are described. Emerging domains for advancing the profession's contribution to practice-relevant geriatric research on the federal level are identified and the next steps toward advancing the field's research agenda are posed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-93
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 2010



  • Aging and health
  • Geriatric research
  • Research infrastructure
  • Social work research agenda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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