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Have the health services reoriented at all?

de Leeuw, Evelyne 2009, Have the health services reoriented at all?, Health promotion international, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 105-107, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dap015.

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Title Have the health services reoriented at all?
Alternative title Editorial : Have the health services reoriented at all?
Author(s) de Leeuw, Evelyne
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 105
End page 107
Total pages 3
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 0957-4824
1460-2245
Summary Recently, I had an opportunity to observe the workings of the health care system from the inside. I was admitted to a mixed surgical ward in an Australian public hospital with a mysterious ailment. My personal health required acute promotion.

My participant observation research demonstrated that the calls for action in the Ottawa Charter are still urgent. The Charter, twenty three years ago, stated

The responsibility for health promotion in health services is shared among individuals, community groups, health professionals, health service institutions and governments. They must work together towards a health care system which contributes to the pursuit of health.

The role of the health sector must move increasingly in a health promotion direction, beyond its responsibility for providing clinical and curative services. Health services need to embrace an expanded mandate which is sensitive and respects cultural needs. This mandate should support the needs of individuals and communities for a healthier life, and open channels between the health sector and broader social, political, economic and physical environmental components.

Reorienting health services also requires stronger attention to health research as well as changes in professional education and training. This must lead to a change of attitude and organization of health services which refocuses on the total needs of the individual as a whole person.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dap015
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Evelyne de Leeuw
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016750

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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