Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Integrative Health Promotion: Conceptual Bases for Nursing Practice

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Integrative Health Promotion: Conceptual Bases for Nursing Practice

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Integrative Health Promotion: Conceptual Bases for Nursing Practice by Susan Kun Leddy, PhD, RN; Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2006; 495 pages, $54.95 (soft cover)

Concepts of health assessment, health promotion, and healing are inextricably woven into the practice of nursing; these fundamental tenets underpin nursing care in every setting. Most people, however, define health in terms of the presence or absence of illness and disease. With this book, Leddy refocuses our approach to health and health promotion to clearly reflect a visionary person perspective that integrates clients' strengths, a shared relationship between nurse and client, and alternative approaches to health and healing. Health, and the meaning of health to clinicians and their clients, is examined from multiple perspectives, including belief systems, models and theories, ethnicity, culture and race, and ethics.

A unique feature of this book is the author's expansive worldview that encompasses disease, people, and healing-helping relationships. The reader is led away from familiar comfort zones of Western, high-tech approaches to clients and their needs. Even those nurses and educators who believe themselves culturally competent will be challenged by a framework of ecocentric global health and its implications with regard to current health resources and the resources of future generations.

Leddy asks us to move beyond the simple physical assessment of clients to identify a philosophy for health assessment. By comparing a number of theoretical frameworks for nursing practice and assessment, she synthesizes multiple approaches into a comprehensive whole that supports assessment techniques from Eastern traditions, quality-of-life literature, functional ability, and interventions. …

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