Health promotion implementation capacities in hospitals matter: results from the PRICES-HPH study

Health Promot Int. 2017 Jun 1;32(3):442-455. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav100.


In this article, organizational implementation capacities are discussed as facilitators for hospital health promotion (HP) activities, based on data from 159 sampled hospitals of the PRICES-HPH study. PRICES-HPH is a cross-sectional evaluation study of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH-Network) and was conducted from 2008 to 2012. Hospitals applying elaborated HP implementation capacities such as 'regular health promotion projects and organization-wide programs', 'established health promotion management systems' or the 'integration of health promotion in existing quality management systems' have better HP activity scores as compared with hospitals that implement HP on the basis of occasional projects only. Organizational capacities are associated with considerably higher chances for the successful implementation of a multiplicity of different HP activities in hospitals. The results add further evidence to the importance of capacity building in hospital HP.

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

MeSH terms

  • Capacity Building / organization & administration
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Hospital Administration / methods*
  • Hospitals / statistics & numerical data*
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Surveys and Questionnaires