The practising of health education in hospitals is widespread. Apparently, there is some discrepancy between the targets set and targets achieved. Based on qualitative interviews and a literature review in the field of health pedagogy is discussed. The starting point is somatic hospitals in Denmark and the „action competence approach“ developed by The Danish University of Education.

Knowledge and the different aspects of knowledge are discussed. Education and different definitions of education are explored and compared with success criteria in health education.