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Barriers to health promotion activities in public hospitals

Creator:

Warren R. Stanton, Kevin P. Balanda, Amaya M. Gillespie, John B. Lowe

Subject Keywords: Hospital, Public health, Healthcare
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
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Type: Article
Region: International (other)
Description:

Despite the central role hospitals have in the health care system, relatively few health promotion activities are conducted in Australian public hospitals. This study investigated the types of obstacles that were perceived to inhibit health promotion activities in hospitals. A questionnaire for self-completion was sent to medical superintendents in all public hospitals in Queensland and 112 questionnaires were returned (92.6 per cent response rate). The results indicated that lack of finance, lack of interest by relevant others, and needs (for appropriate programs, training and patient receptivity) were the barriers reported by superintendents. The barriers of 'interest' and 'needs' were related to a lack of written policies in some areas, but not directly to levels of other health promotion activities being conducted in the hospitals. Success in facilitating health promotion programs in hospitals will need to include a change in the environment, in particular the views of medical superintendents. The combination of attitude change and the availability of a motivated person (such as a health promotion officer) to lead the activities may be needed in order to produce an increase in the level of health promotion in public hospitals.

ArticleinAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 20(5):500-4 · November 1996

Date:

01/11/1996

DOI:

10.14655/11971-1036571

Rights: © The authors
Suggested citation:

Warren R. Stanton, Kevin P. Balanda, Amaya M. Gillespie, John B. Lowe. (1996) Barriers to health promotion activities in public hospitals [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/1036571 [Accessed: 25th June 2019].

  

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