Health promoting Hospitals in Iran: How it is

J Educ Health Promot. 2013 Jul 31;2:41. doi: 10.4103/2277-9531.115840. eCollection 2013.


Background: The World Health Organization (WHO) produced the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (HPH) back in 1986. Then expressed the Budapest Declaration of Health Promoting Hospitals and after determined standards for reorienting hospitals towards health promotion So, this study evaluated Iranian hospitals based on WHO-HPH standard.

Materials and methods: This study was a descriptive - analytical survey in selected hospitals of Iran (38 hospitals from 5 provinces). Method of data collecting was through review of documentation related to each of the standards. WHOs self-assessment tool for health promotion was used.

Result: Overall the mean score of health promotion standard in the state hospital was 54.1 ± 15.1 that means the private hospitals have higher score. In general, patient information and intervention standard had the highest score (70. 8 ± 8. 1) both in private and government hospitals and the patient assessment standard had the lowest score (44. 2 ± 20.1).

Conclusion: [corrected] Hospitals must design a specific system for improving and evaluating health promotion in order to encourage policy-makers and health service administrators to invest resources.

Keywords: Health promoting Hospitals; Hospital; Iran.