Apply the principles of health promotion in nursing practice

Angela Wood Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care, School of Health and Human Sciences, University of Bolton, Bolton, England

Why you should read this article:
  • Refresh your knowledge of the definition and principles of health promotion

  • Improve your understanding of the frameworks and models that underpin health promotion

  • To help you provide effective patient health promotion in your nursing practice

Health promotion is a relatively new concept based on the definition of health proposed in 1946 by the World Health Organization. The thinking behind health promotion moves away from the biomedical model of health and considers how biological, psychological and social factors interact to affect the health and health outcomes of individuals, communities and population groups. . An accurate and thorough understanding of what health means to people and how health is experienced enables health professionals, planners and decision makers to develop and implement health promotion interventions that prevent suboptimal health and address health inequities. This article describes the concepts, frameworks, and models that underpin health promotion and discusses the different types of health promotion interventions that can be applied in nursing practice.

Nursing Standard.
do I: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11774

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Woods A (2022) Applying the principles of health promotion to nursing practice. Nursing standard. doi:10.7748/ns.2022.e11774

Online: February 21, 2022

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