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Health promotion for person-centred care

Brian Webster - Registered nurse, Scottish Nursing Guild Gillian Morris - Lecturer (teaching and scholarship), School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee First published: Last updated:

Some of the most prevalent health issues with the highest mortality are non-communicable conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory conditions (Pan American Health Organization, 2023). The World Health Organization (WHO, 2023) estimates that 41 million people die from non-communicable conditions globally each year. Many of these conditions are caused and exacerbated by lifestyle choices and behaviours, for example:

  • alcohol use
  • tobacco use
  • physical inactivity
  • poor dietary choices

All nurses have a regulatory expectation and requirement to promote health (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2023). This article explores how nurses can make vital contributions to a person-centred approach to health promotion. To do this, nurses must be aware of the causes of risks and health outcomes, known as the social determinants of health (Braveman and Gottlieb, 2014), when they are having conversations with people about lifestyle changes.

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