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From The CriticsReviewer: Sharon P. O'Neill, JD, MSN, CRNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This book provides a detailed examination of issues pertinent to providing care to individuals, their immediate family members, and the communities in which they live. It offers a practical approach, which combines theory and evidence-based guidelines for dealing with such topics as health promotion models, nutrition, smoking cessation, and violence. This is an update of the first edition published under the title Health Promotion Handbook (1998). New topics include disaster preparedness, family violence, and an examination of organizational wellness.
Purpose: According to the authors, this book provides a practice-driven approach to help practitioners engage clients in modifying behaviors to promote good health. The authors' objectives are laudable and in sync with the issues currently being presented to practitioners in the primary care and community health settings. The authors meet their objective by providing an examination of health promotion models and discussing the major risk factors associated with poor health.
Audience: This book is intended for healthcare workers including, but not limited to, physicians, advanced practice nurses, medical students, nursing graduate students, and graduate public health students. The authors successfully write for this audience, drawing on their own diverse backgrounds and experiences in healthcare.
Features: In the first of the book's three sections, the authors examine how our differing views on the definition of health, health promotion models, and the political, governmental, and economic perspectives impact healthcare delivery. In section two, the focus shifts to provide a comprehensive look at major obstacles to health promotion such as smoking, poor oral hygiene, substance abuse, and injury prevention. The last section discusses economic considerations and future directions in health promotion.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive overview of issues that affect healthcare practitioners' ability to promote a healthy lifestyle. It is one of the best books that I have read on the topic of health promotion. The second edition is updated and provides timely information.