The health promoting hospital movement in Taiwan: recent development and gaps in workplace

Int J Public Health. 2013 Apr;58(2):313-7. doi: 10.1007/s00038-012-0391-8. Epub 2012 Aug 2.


Objective: To examine the development in healthcare workplace health promotion (WHP) in Taiwan through the Health Promoting Hospital (HPH) initiative.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with a self-administered questionnaire, involving all 55 hospitals committed to the HPH approach (HP hospitals) as of the end of 2009; 52 completed the questionnaire.

Results: Fifty of 52 hospitals perceived a change in organizational capacity which mainly occurred in the areas of re-aligning strategies (96 %) and more resources (71 %). Regarding re-aligning strategies, 85 % of the hospitals engaged in increased staff participation, 66 % in staff-oriented health services.

Conclusions: The HPH initiative has led to new developments in capacity building of WHP among HP hospitals in Taiwan, and this study has mapped a pattern of such developments.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Health Personnel*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Taiwan
  • Workplace*