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A Guide to Practical Health Promotion

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Title: A Guide to Practical Health Promotion 

Author: Mary Gottwald and Jane Goodman-Brown 

Publisher: Open University Press, 2012

Reviewer: Jane Brown, patient safety advisor, Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust

What was it like?

This book is a practical book on how to apply health promotion within practice. It focuses on the practical application of health promotion and guides the healthcare practitioner thorough health promotion within their day-to-day practice. Every chapter guides the reader through using key objectives and up-to-date evidence, which is well-referenced. In this present climate of obesity, binge drinking and lack of exercise with the public this book has been written at the right time.

What were the highlights? 

What is particularly impressive about this book is that it assumes no previous knowledge of the reader in health promotion. So the reader starts from the beginning, as will a great deal of patients. This reader can work though scenarios relating to patients use health promotion models look at change and how to build self-esteem for the people they may work with.

The authors are healthcare professionals by background, and lecturers teaching in the UK.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Written well and as stated earlier, assumes no prior knowledge from the reader. This is well referenced with end of chapter questions. There are good case scenarios and the “Stop and Think” questions guides the reader into areas they may well have encountered in their practice. There is good information on communication, which will strengthen any patient/practitioner relationship.

This is evidenced well with up-to-date referencing; the reader does not need to search as the references are placed at the end of each chapter.

Who should read it?

This book is aimed at the nurse/nursing student and allied healthcare professionals not just working in a hospital environment but in schools, prisons and in the community. Although qualified nurses may think they are confident in health promotion, this book sets out to ensure that the practitioner is fully equipped. For any nurse/practitioner it is never too late to learn or ensure you do the right thing for your patient.


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