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The Application of Salutogenesis in Hospitals.

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The Handbook of Salutogenesis [Internet]. Cham (CH): Springer; 2017. Chapter 27.
2016 Sep 03.

Author information

1
Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
2
Martin Springer Center for Conflict Studies and Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel
3
Department of Health Sciences, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden
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Division of Public and Organizational Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
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WHO-CC Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research, Vienna, Austria
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NTNU Center for Health Promotion and Resources, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
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NTNU Center for Health Promotion Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
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Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Austrian Ministry of Health, Vienna, Austria
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University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
10
Gesundheit Österreich GmbH, Vienna, Austria
11
WHO-Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Healthcare, Vienna, Austria

Excerpt

We relate Antonovsky’s concepts of salutogenesis (Antonovsky, 1979; 1993) to the hospital setting. We argue that salutogenesis is particularly challenging to this setting—and vice versa. However, we also demonstrate that salutogenesis, if understood as one dimension of hospital quality, could considerably contribute to the health gains of both patients and staff (and to a certain degree also to the health gains of people in a hospital’s neighborhood and catchment area). Drawing on a comprehensive literature search, we contrast our theoretical considerations with available research to assess which aspects of salutogenesis in relation to hospitals the scientific literature already covers. We also consider the application of salutogenesis in Health-Promoting Hospitals, one of the WHO-initiated setting-oriented health promotion networks. We conclude by outlining needs for further research.

Copyright 2017, The Author(s).

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