Health-Promoting Hospitals

The health-promoting hospital (HPH) is a concept that was jointly developed by hospital professionals, health promotion and organizational experts, and international health policy players. Since 1990, HPH development has operated through an international (mostly European) network. Today, housed in the World Health Organization, the Network of Health Promoting Hospitals includes 708 hospitals from 25 countries. The United States is represented minimally.

Health promotion is considered a core quality competency of these hospitals, side by side with patient safety. Because of the rise in chronic illnesses, health promotion is viewed as an important factor for sustained health, quality of life and efficiency of care.

HPH Directives
The goals of the HPH network are as follows:

- To change the culture of hospital care toward interdisciplinary function and transparent decision-making, with the active involvement of patients and partners.
- To evaluate health-promotion activities in the health care setting and build an evidence base in this area.
- To incorporate standards and indicators for health promotion in existing quality management systems at hospital and national levels.

The major focus areas for HPH hospitals are:
  • healthy organization;
  • health promotion of personnel;
  • health promotion of patients; and
  • health promotion of the population.
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