Scope and Purpose

For the program of the 21st International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH) in May 2013, the Scientific Committee decided to focus on approaches and tools to develop more health oriented health services. This selection was made for two reasons:

First, the conference will mark the 20th anniversary of the European Pilot Hospital Project of Health Promoting Hospitals (EPHP). This project came to life in 1993 with the aim to make the WHO Ottawa Charters’ demand to “reorient health services” a reality for hospitals. This endeavor was taken up with regard to positive health, a comprehensive health orientation that refers to body and mind alike, and a stronger contribution of health services towards public health. In light of today’s NCD epidemic, the increasing inequity in health, and new health threats such as climate change, this reorientation is stronger needed than ever before. This need is also reflected in WHO-Euro’s new health policy paper Health 2020 which demands to strengthen person-centred health systems and public health services alike.

Second, after 1995, the HPH conference 2013 will be the second one hosted by the Swedish HPH network. The 2013 conference will take further discussions on health gain measurement and related topics that were initiated earlier on. Top international speakers and experts and experienced HPH practitioners will come together to discuss specifically the following topics:

WHO’s Health 2020 strategy– what can HPH contribute?

In its Health 2020 strategy, WHO-Euro reinforces the need for a reorientation towards public health. The conference will explore the potential contributions of HPH.

New findings from psychoneuroimmunology and implications for healthcare

HPH follows a comprehensive concept of health. As such, it promotes a somato-psycho-social understanding of health. What can we learn from modern research on psycho-neuro-immunology for the improvement of treatment and the further development of  health services and systems?

Patient-reported outcome measurements –  promising tools for HPH

What tools and approaches – such as measuring patient-reported health outcomes – can help making health services more health-oriented?

Focusing on empowerment

There is, today, rich scientific evidence demonstrating that health promoting encounters (supporting empowerment and coping) and environment do not only improve patients’ self-rated health but also their prognosis on morbidity and mortality. How can health services be adapted for better patient empowerment, and how can service providers be empowered for empowerment?

What is known about the effects of hospital design and environment on the health and well-being of patients and staff?

There is increasing evidence for the effects of culture and design on health. How can these findings be used to further develop hospitals and health services into healing settings? What examples of good practice are there?

How can health systems and health service purchasing support health-oriented health services?

The structure, underlying values and practices in health care, management systems and purchasing systems have a strong impact on the services offered. How can health management systems and health services purchasing better support a whole patient perspective and the comprehensive HPH approach?



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