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Changes in health promotion practice in hospitals across England: the National Health Promotion in Hospital Audit 2009 and 2011

Changes in health promotion practice in hospitals across England: the National Health Promotion in Hospital Audit 2009 and 2011

Journal of Public Health 36(4): 651-657

There is increasing focus on hospitals to provide health promotion (HP) to patients who smoke, misuse alcohol, are obese or physically inactive, yet there is little published literature on assessment and HP in English hospitals. Thirty hospitals participated in national audits, both in 2009 and 2011, to assess HP in hospitalized patients. Random samples of 100 patients were selected per hospital per year. Between the 2009 and 2011 audit, assessment rates increased for smoking (82 versus 86%; P < 0.001) and obesity (38 versus 53%; P < 0.001), alcohol assessments remained similar (71 versus 73%; P = 0.123) and physical activity assessments decreased (34 versus 28%; P < 0.001). Provision of HP was similar in both audits for smoking (22 versus 26%; P = 0.17), alcohol misuse (47 versus 44%; P = 0.12) and physical inactivity (43 versus 44%; P = 0.865), but fell for obesity (26 versus 14%; P < 0.001). Few hospitals met the standards for assessment and HP for each risk factor. Whilst patients are being assessed for most lifestyle risk factors, and despite an increased policy focus, there remains little evidence of HP practice in English hospitals. There is potential for health gain across England that could be exploited through wider provision of HP for hospitalized patients.

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DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdt120

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