Health-promotion behaviors that promote self-healing

Journal Article

By: M O'Donnell
Publication Name: J Altern Complement Med
Year: 2004

A large body of evidence has shown that health-promotion programs in smoking cessation, stress management, fitness, nutrition, weight control, and medical self care have been successful in helping people improve their health practices and related health conditions. However, the impact of these programs on promoting self-healing among people with acute and chronic diseases is mixed. The purpose of this paper is to identify research opportunities important to fostering a better understanding of health promotion behaviors that promote self healing. To provide context, the health-promotion concept is discussed, as is the literature on workplace health-promotion programs provided to overtly healthy people. Next, examples of the literature on health-promotion programs for people with chronic illness are provided. Finally, a research agenda and opportunities for research are presented.

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