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"But we’re already doing it!" Examining conceptual blurring between health promotion and palliative care

By John P. Rosenberg


Over the past decade, an increasing number of palliative care service providers have attempted to integrate health promotion into their organisational practice. A key factor in the success of this endeavour has been the recognition by these providers of the conceptual ‘fit’ between two seemingly disparate approaches to health care. When informed of the elements of health promotion, palliative care professionals have expressed their recognition in their declaration: ‘But we’re already doing it!’ (Rosenberg 2007).\ud \ud Yet it appears that this association between the two suggests that health promotion in palliative care organisations is being understood in poorly defined ways. ‘Health promotion’ can be incorrectly assumed to be synonymous with ‘health education’; ‘death education’ can be understood to be synonymous with providing information about palliative care resources. Whilst these activities may be worthwhile within themselves, their presence in the activities of an organisation does not constitute the practice of health promoting palliative care (HPPC) (Kellehear 1999)..

Topics: 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified, palliative care, health promotion
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2012
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