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Standards of health promoting hospitals: 68 or 40 measurable elements?

Health Promotion Perspectives

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Health Promotion Perspectives, 7(3), 109-110; DOI:10.15171/hpp.2017.20

Letter to Editor

Standards of health promoting hospitals: 68 or 40 measurable elements?

Akbar Nikpajouh1,*


1 Rajaei Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Email: dr.nikpajouh@gmail.com


© 2017 The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

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Keywords: Health promotion, hospital, Self-assessment, Standards, Quality indicators, Health care self-evaluation programs

Citation: Nikpajouh A. Standards of health promoting hospitals: 68 or 40 measurable elements? Health Promot Perspect. 2017;7(3):109-110.doi: 10.15171/hpp.2017.20.

Dear Editor,

Regarding the article “Health promoting hospitals: a study on educational hospitals of Isfahan, Iran” published in the prestigious journal, Health Promotion Perspectives, the respected authors of the mentioned article have used 68 measurable elements.1 Here while I would like to thank you and the writers of that journal, I deemed it necessary to explain some points to be considered in similar future studies.

To tell the story of how the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services (HPH) came into existence, we have identified six different time periods or phases. In order to do this, we picked up the lead from the previous work, and hopefully made the developments even clearer. The six development phases of HPH, which will be described in the following, were not planned or well defined at the time. No detailed action plans, evaluations or similar content existed. Therefore the phases were reconstructed and are thus more or less distinct, partly over-lapping at times, with different foci of emphasis, specific milestones and etc. We have named the first period “pre-phase” and the others “phases 1 to 5”.2 In phase 4: Standardizing the concept & linking it to quality and evidence (2001-2005), the working group on “Standards for Health Promotion in Hospitals” developed and tested 5 more focused standards for health promotion in hospitals”.3 The standards of health promoting hospitals, which were published first in 2004 by the World Health Organization (WHO), included 5 standards containing totally 68 measurable elements.4 Yet, the first edition was for the pilot health promoting hospitals (Table 1). However, following the pilot, the authors of the WHO reviewed the standards and lessened the number of measurable elements to 40 in total5 (Table 2). Since I intended to perform a study regarding health promoting hospitals, I noticed this change in the number of measurable elements. Hence, I communicated with the author of these series and he mentioned that the edited version in 2006 with 40 measurable elements, would be valid until the publication of a new version. Please kindly enlighten this issue in your prestigious journal so that the researchers do not use the old version with 68 measurable elements published in 2004, while citing the article “Health promoting hospitals: a study on educational hospitals of Isfahan, Iran” and instead use the most recent version with 40 measurable elements edited in 2006 in their studies and self-assessments of hospitals, until a new edition will be available.

Table 1. Overall assessment of standards compliance (World Health Organization 2004)
Measurable element
Standard 1 Management Policy 17
Standard 2 Patient Assessment 8
Standard 3 Patient Information and Intervention 8
Standard 4 Promoting a Healthy Workplace 16
Standard 5 Continuity and Cooperation 19
Total = 68

Table 2. Overall assessment of standards compliance (World Health Organization 2006)
Measurable element
Standard 1 Management Policy 9
Standard 2 Patient Assessment 7
Standard 3 Patient Information and Intervention 6
Standard 4 Promoting a Healthy Workplace 10
Standard 5 Continuity and Cooperation 8
Total = 40

Ethical approval

None to be declared.

Competing interests

Author declares that he has no competing interests.

Author’s contribution

AN is the single author of the paper.

References

  1. Afshari A, Mostafavi F, Keshvari M, Ahmadi Ghahnaviye L, Piruzi M, Moazam E, et al. Health promoting hospitals: a study on educational hospitals of Isfahan, Iran. Health Promot Perspect 2016;6(1):23–30. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2016.04. [Crossref]
  2. Pelikan JM, Groene O, Svane JK. The International HPH Network -A short history of two decades of development.Clin Health Promot 2011;1(1):32-6.
  3. Groene O, Garcia-Barbero M, eds. Health Promotion in Hospitals: Evidence and Quality Management. Nikpajouh A, Karimi AA, trans. 1st ed. Copenhagen: WHO, Regional Office for Europe; 2005. Available from: http://www.hphnet.org/attachments/article/138/Persian%20HP%20in%20Hosp%20evidence%20and%20quality%20management.pdf. Accessed 6 June 2017.
  4. Grone O, Jorgensen SJ, Garcia-Barbero M. Standards for healthpromotion in hospitals: self-assessment tool for pilot implementation. Available from: http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/99860/E85054.pdf. Accessed 6 June 2017.
Submitted: 24 Jan 2017
Revised: 08 Apr 2017
Accepted: 23 Apr 2017
First published online: 14 Jun 2017
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