Organizational capacities for health promotion implementation: results from an international hospital study

Health Promot Int. 2015 Jun;30(2):369-79. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dat048. Epub 2013 Jul 19.


In this article, organizational structures in hospitals are discussed as possible capacities for hospital health promotion (HP) implementation, based on data from the PRICES-HPH study. PRICES-HPH is a cross-sectional evaluation study of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services (HPH-Network) and was conducted in 2008-2012. Data from 159 acute care hospitals were used in the analysis. Twelve organizational structures, which were denoted as possible organizational health promotion capacities in previous literature, were tested for their association with certain strategic HP implementation approaches. Four organizational structures were significantly (p = 0.05) associated with one or more elaborate and comprehensive strategic HP implementation approaches: (1) a health promotion specific quality assessment routine; (2) an official hospital health promotion team; (3) a fulltime hospital health promotion coordinator; and (4) officially documented health promotion policies, strategies or standards. The results add further evidence to the importance of organizational capacity structures for hospital health promotion and identify four tangible structures as likely candidates for organizational HP capacities in hospitals.

Keywords: capacity building; health promoting hospitals; implementation; organization development.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Hospital Administration*
  • Humans
  • Policy
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care