The allied health professions and health promotion: a systematic literature review and narrative synthesis – NHS National Institute for Health Research – August 2011

Posted on June 13, 2013. Filed under: Allied Health, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion |

The allied health professions and health promotion: a systematic literature review and narrative synthesis – NHS National Institute for Health Research – August 2011

“Background

Over 75,000 allied health professionals (AHPs) work in the English NHS, comprising:
.arts therapists
. chiropodists/podiatrists
. dietitians
. occupational therapists
. orthoptists
. paramedics
. physiotherapists
. prosthetists/orthotists
. radiographers
. speech and language therapists

They have been encouraged to work more flexibly, and develop extended  roles across professional and organisational boundaries. This new agenda requires them to promote health and wellbeing, to educate patients, carers and other professionals, and to view every patient contact as an opportunity  for health promotion (HP). It is thought, however, that their HP potential  has been unrealised, with their role limited to working with patients to alleviate the effects of illness or disability rather than promoting health and  wellbeing in the population in general. Furthermore, relatively little is  currently known about the roles they play in public health and HP.”

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