192079 Hospitals' implementation of health promotion and wellness services: Lessons from a research literature review

Monday, November 9, 2009

Peter C. Olden, PhD, MHA , Graduate Health Administration Program, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
Keith Hoffman, BS , Department of Health Administration, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
For centuries, American hospitals mostly cared for the ill and injured. In the late 1900s, key stakeholders urged and expected hospitals to also provide services to keep people healthy and avoid illness and injury. Hospitals broadened their mission beyond traditional medical care and have been offering health promotion, disease prevention, and wellness services. However, hospitals are trying various approaches with varying effectiveness and without always understanding best practices and research evidence. A growing body of research literature has emerged on the subject. This paper draws from a thorough systematic review of the literature to report what we know (and what we do not yet know) about how hospitals can effectively implement health promotion and wellness services.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify findings of published research on hospitals' health promotion and wellness services. 2. Explain evidence-based lessons for how hospitals can implement health promotion and wellness services. 3. Describe research needed to further advance hospitals' practice of health promotion and wellness.

Keywords: Health Promotion, Hospitals

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a PhD in health care organization and research, and I have an MHA. For more than a decade as a professor, I have studied what hospitals in the United States are doing to promote health, prevent disease, and improve the health of their communitiesí populations. This stream of research builds on my prior career (14 years) as a hospital executive. I have presented my work at academic and professional conferences (including APHA in prior years). I have published my work in several peer-reviewed journals such as Milbank Quarterly and Journal of Healthcare Management. Since I am a professor of health administration, this scholarship connects synergistically with teaching courses (on healthcare organization management and the US healthcare system) and doing community service (with the American Cancer Society and the Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative). My teaching and community service enhance my scholarship on hospitals' health promotion and wellness services.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.