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Health promotion

What is it?

  • “Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”
  • Health promotion goes above and beyond health care: it means acting before the disease through prevention and health promotion.
  • Health is not just the absence of disease; It refers to a holistic vision—global health

* According to the WHO and the 1986 Ottawa Charter


Prevention consists of measures aiming to:

  • Prevent the onset of the disease, such as fighting the risk factors
  • Stop its progress and reduce its consequences.
  • According to the WHO, there are three prevention levels: 
  • Primary prevention: Aims to prevent the onset of a disease
  • Secondary prevention: Aims to stop or delay the progress of a disease and its effects through early screening and appropriate treatment
  • Tertiary prevention: Reduce the risk of relapse and chronicity through effective rehabilitation, for example.

Prevention and health promotion in a hospital environment

In a hospital environment, prevention and health promotion strategies include concrete actions associated with:

  • The information pertaining to the health condition and betterment
  • Empowering the patient to play an active role in his or her health
  • A healthy environment for patients, families and CHUSJ employees

Prevention and promotion at CHU Sainte-Justine


  • Better meet patients’ needs
  • Help reduce the occurrence of chronic diseases
  • Improve the quality of care and services
  • Facilitate the development of a healthy environment
  • Facilitate the acquisition of healthy lifestyles
  • Improve the satisfaction of patients, their families and employees
  • Improve staff wellbeing
  • Contribute to the organizational performance
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Updated on 1/18/2018
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