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Holistic and sustainable health improvement: the contribution of the settings-based approach to health promotion.

Authors
  • Dooris, Mark
Type
Published Article
Journal
Perspectives in public health
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
129
Issue
1
Pages
29–36
Identifiers
PMID: 19338133
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Highlighting the need for holistic and sustainable health improvement, this paper starts by reviewing the origins, history and conceptualization of the settings approach to health promotion. It then takes stock of current practice both internationally and nationally, noting its continuing importance worldwide and its inconsistent profile and utilization across the four UK countries. It goes on to explore the applicability and future development of settings-based health promotion in relation to three key issues: inequalities and inclusion; place-shaping and systems-based responses to complex problems. Concluding that the settings approach remains highly relevant to 21st century public health, the paper calls on the new "Royal" to provide much-needed leadership, thereby placing settings-based health promotion firmly on the national agenda across the whole of the UK.

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