Does health promotion have a lasting and positive effect on people?
With mounting pressure to reduce costs to the NHS and increasing scepticism of the so-called nanny state, health promotion initiatives are increasingly being criticised as costly and ineffective, with many arguing that health inequalities can only be reduced through radical political and economic change.
This book examines the methods used to evaluate the value of health promotion projects and determines whether attempts to change people’s lifestyles have proved successful. Taking into account the practical and ethical issues involved in deciding the appropriate approach to take in efforts to reduce health inequalities, the book assesses what might be the best path forward for health promotion.
Colin Palfrey is currently an independent health and social care researcher having recently worked for five years as a Senior Research Officer in the National Assembly for Wales. He was Director of the Policy Studies Unit in the University of South Wales and lectured at home and overseas for Swansea University on health policy and research. He is also the author of a number of books on policy evaluation.
The origins of health promotion
Evidence base and methods for evaluation
Strategies for health promotion
Health economics and health promotion
Health promotion and mental health
The future for health promotion
“Palfrey's critical analysis of health promotion is refreshingly clear and thought-provoking. It is an excellent read for both tutors and students of the subject.” Rob Baggott, De Montfort University
“This book provides a useful and important contribution to a highly relevant and significant area of debate and discussion.” Professor Ceri J. Phillips, Swansea University