Becoming a patient is a critical stage in life for most people. The illness and the treatment are often stressful - physically as well as mentally. It is therefore important to improve treatment results and promote faster recovery - both for the individual patient and for the society at large.
WHO Europe identifies health promotion in its policy framework “Health 2020” as a high priority area of health care. Therefore, we are now opening a new WHO Collaborating Centre for the Implementation of evidence-based clinical Health Promotion - with particular focus on lifestyle factors such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, obesity, malnutrition, physical inactivity and comorbidity.
Up to 90% of patients have one or more lifestyle factors that may affect their treatment results negatively. By integrating effective programs of lifestyle intervention in health care, the treatment outcomes are significantly improved.
Fast-track implementation support of evidence-based, effective programs is necessary to reach the goal of better health gain for patients. Today, the delay is 10 years in average from the evidence gathered that implementation takes place in health care. It is therefore important to also develop the efficient methods strategies to quickly implement clinical health promotion for improving patient outcomes on the very short and longer term.