WHO Health Promotion Glossary: new terms

The World Health Organization’s Health Promotion Glossary was first published in 1986

B. J. Smith; K. C. Tang; D. Nutbeam


Scholarcy highlights

  • The World Health Organization’s Health Promotion Glossary was first published in 1986
  • The WHO Health Promotion Glossary was written to facilitate understanding, communication and cooperation among those engaged in health promotion at the local, regional, national and global levels
  • Criteria for the inclusion of terms in the Glossary are that they differentiate health promotion from other health concepts, or have a specific application or meaning when used in relation to health promotion
  • The set of terms given in this update of the Health Promotion Glossary reflect expert opinion about concepts that need clarification in order to facilitate communication and more effective partnerships and practice in health promotion
  • Given the breadth of this field and the new applications that health promotion continues to find this list represents a step forward, but is still unlikely to be adequate for the diverse needs of practitioners and researchers
  • Several glossaries of terms related to aspects of public health, evidence-based public health, ethnicity and race, health impact assessment have been published in recent years, but the question of how these could be evaluated has not been addressed
  • A necessary step in this direction is the selection of criteria by which the value of glossaries can be judged, which could include: clarity of the definitions given; compatibility of the definitions with thinking and practice across diverse contexts; comprehensiveness of the terms included, and; frequency of use of the document

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