Effective approaches to health promotion in nursing practice
Intended for healthcare professionals

Effective approaches to health promotion in nursing practice

Adele Phillips Senior lecturer in health promotion and public health, School of Allied and Public Health Professions, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the role of individuals’ lifestyles, the environment, healthcare organisations and biology in the prevention of illness and the maintenance of population health

  • To understand how health promotion approaches can be embedded in your role and enhance the overall effectiveness of your practice

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

This article defines the concept of health promotion and explains why it is essential for nurses to embed health promotion aims and values in their practice. It discusses how health promotion contributes to the improvement and maintenance of population health and contemporary public health agendas in the UK and worldwide. Using several practical activities, this article aims to encourage nurses to identify their own approach to promoting health in their professional role, consider how they can implement ‘Making Every Contact Count’ with the patients they care for, and enhance the overall effectiveness of their practice.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11312

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Phillips A (2019) Effective approaches to health promotion in nursing practice. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11312

Accepted 19 November 2018

Published online: 04 March 2019

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