Health Promotion in Nursing Practice Noia J. Pender. Norwalk, Connecticut,Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1982. 438 pages.
As the title implies, this book is about disease prevention and health promotion. The author begins by analyzing definitions of health and presenting a framework for health promotion. She then presents various tools and strategies for use in health promotion. She concludes with sociopolitical issues important to prevention and health promotion.
The author explores various definitions of health and individuals' behaviors which influence their state of health in part I. Preventive behaviors and health promoting behavior are discussed.
Part II is organized around assessment, decision making and planning. Numerous tools are offered for use in the assessment of client health needs and for understanding the client's value system. Direction is given for assisting the client with decision making and developing a plan of action. Part III also offers the reader help in relation to interventions that are utilized in assisting clients to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
The strengths of this book are its easy readability, the many explicit tools presented, and the guidance given for integrating health promotion into nursing practice. The nursing interventions recommended are applicable in a variety of settings. Modifications in interventions are included where necessary to meet the needs of the elderly client.
I recommend this book to all nurses in all settings. It would be especially helpful with patient teaching. The book would be useful in B. S. nursing programs, to assist students to understand and incorporate disease prevention and health promotion into their nursing care.