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Health Promotion Amongst Nurses and Physicians: What Is the Human Experience?

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Objective: To describe how preceptors and students in the professions of nursing and medicine enact definitions of health and health promotion in their educational programs. Methods: Audiotaped interviews with 23 purposefully selected participants were analyzed using basic content analysis. Results: Both similarities and differences amongst the beliefs, knowledge, skills, and behaviors of nursing and medical preceptors and students were identified. More traditional definitions of health and prevention-oriented health promotion prevailed in both professions. Nurses were more apt to enact more recent World Health Organization definitions in professional practice. Conclusion: Findings suggest opportunities to evolve and clarify professional practice roles and education.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. 2: Nursing Research, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. 3: Byron Family Medical Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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