Advances in health promotion in Asia-Pacific: promoting health through hospitals

Glob Health Promot. 2016 Mar;23(1 Suppl):26-34. doi: 10.1177/1757975916635504.


Since 1990, the WHO Health Promoting Hospital (HPH) movement has tried to facilitate and support hospitals to assume a core responsibility in health promotion. The Taiwan HPH Network was established in December 2006, and became the largest HPH network in the world in 2013. Compared to Europe where the HPH has been more established, the pace of HPH development has been much more rapid. This rapid development provides an inspiring example for research and health promotion practice. Systematic data and empirical information have been collected about HPH in Taiwan, allowing for research to be published about the achievements of the HPH movement. This paper provides an overview of the existing literature on current progress of the HPH project according to the four main perspectives of the WHO-HPH movement: promoting the health of patients, promoting the health of staff, changing the organization to a health-promoting setting, and promoting the health of the community in the catchment area of the hospital. The assessment can serve as a stepping stone in understanding current HPH development in Taiwan and as a reference for future research.

Keywords: health care; health-promoting hospitals; network.

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Europe
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Hospital Administration
  • Hospital Restructuring / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational
  • Social Support
  • World Health Organization