Factors influencing nurses’ health education and health promotion practice in acute ward areas
This chapter outlines selected findings from a two-year Department of Health funded research project entitled ‘Health Education and Health Promotion in Nursing: A Study of Practice in Acute Areas’. The overall aims of the study were: (i) to describe the extent to which health education and health promotion had become integrated into nurses’ practice in acute care settings and (ii) to identify the facilitative and inhibitory factors involved. The study comprised three stages of data collection and utilised a multimethod approach which is described more fully below. The focus of this chapter concerns the factors which were identified as influential in the development of health education and health promotion at ward level. Findings from a survey of ward sisters and from ward-based case studies are presented and discussed.
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