Dooris, Mark T
Holistic and sustainable health improvement: the contribution of the settings-based approach to health promotion.
Perspectives in Public Health, 129
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1757913908098881
Highlighting the need for holistic and sustainable health improvement, this paper starts by reviewing the origins, history and conceptualization of the settings approach to health promotion. It then takes stock of current practice both internationally and nationally, noting its continuing importance worldwide and its inconsistent profile and utilization across the four UK countries. It goes on to explore the applicability and future development of settings-based health promotion in relation to three key issues: inequalities and inclusion; place-shaping and
systems-based responses to complex problems. Concluding that the settings approach remains highly relevant to 21st century public health, the paper calls on the new “Royal” to
provide much-needed leadership, thereby placing settings-based health promotion firmly on the national agenda across the whole of the UK.
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