Health Promotion in Nurisng Practice presents a strong, up-to-date foundation for understanding and building the science and practice of health promotion. The book has three goals: to introduce the major individual and community models and theories that guide health promotion interventions; to offer evidence-based strategies for effective health promotion in practice settings; and to foster critical thinking about future opportunities for research and more effective interventions. This Sixth Edition is thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research and terminology. New coverage includes: the U.S. Government’s Healthy People 2020 Goals; more ecological approaches encompassing families, communities, and nations; new health promotion technologies, and more.
Reviewer:Mary Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhD(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description:This book is an overview of the quest for human health, health empowerment in diverse settings, planning for health promotion and disease prevention, strategies for prevention and health promotion, and approaches for promoting a healthier society. It is the third edition.
Purpose:The author wishes to provide an overview of major health behavior models and theories developed to date that can guide health promotion interventions; to describe specific strategies and tools that can be used by nursing students and nurses in practice settings for providing health promotion care; to spark the creative energies of nurses everywhere; to develop new patient-focused healthcare systems that meet the health promotion and disease prevention needs of our citizens, particularly the most vulnerable; and to foster critical thinking about what the directions for health promotion research and theory development should be.
Audience:The book is written for practicing nurses and nursing students in settings where health promotion is provided. It is also pertinent for students in baccalaureate or master's level theory or research courses.
Features:The quality and quantity of illustrations are appropriate. The references are a combination of current and historical. The table of contents could go into more detail. One of the unique features of the book is the direction given for research into topics related to health promotion. These research directions are provided at the end of each chapter.
Assessment:This book is a condensed version of the previous edition. It is unique in the nursing literature, providing a state-of-the-art discussion of the current status of theory related to health, health beliefs, and health promotion. Although condensed, this updated version continues to offer a one-of-a-kind discussion of planning, strategies, and approaches for promoting the health of individuals and society. I would recommend its purchase by libraries and students, both baccalaureate and masters, of nursing research and theory.