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Health promotion in Kenya: a volunteer nurse's experience.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20010179     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article presents a case study describing how nurses can improve the health behaviors of people living in developing countries. Difficulties and potential solutions are presented. Health promotion allows people to exert control over their health to improve it. A primary difficulty of health promotion in developing countries is communication between care providers and patients. One solution is the utilization of an interpreter; however, in the present study, no professional interpreters were available, thereby complicating the comprehension of new health-related concepts. Another challenge is to understand the patients' perspectives as related to healthcare values. Additionally, as a result of a dearth of evidence-based research in developing countries, difficulties arise in implementing, assessing, and evaluating health promotion programs. Despite these obstacles, nurses continue to travel to developing countries to promote health. Recommendations include respect for a community's health values and incorporation of these values into healthcare planning. To be accepted as a teacher by the local population, the nurse must be able to set aside his/her personal beliefs relating to healthcare, well-being, and disease. Health promotion initiatives should include the means for implementation, thereby enabling the local population to develop skills that will allow them to carry out health promotion projects.
Vered Kater; Michal Liebergall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nurse specialist CNS     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1538-9782     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Nurse Spec     Publication Date:    2010 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-16     Completed Date:  2010-02-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709115     Medline TA:  Clin Nurse Spec     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  14-7     Citation Subset:  N    
Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, Hadassah Medical Center, Kiryat Hadassah, Jerusalem 91120, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Health Promotion*
Needs Assessment
Planning Techniques
Program Development
Program Evaluation
Voluntary Workers*

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