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The application of humanization theory to health-promoting practice.

Norton, E., 2015. The application of humanization theory to health-promoting practice. Perspectives in Public Health, 135 (3), 133-137.

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DOI: 10.1177/1757913913511424


It has been identified that if public health interventions do not account for what it means to be human, they are likely to fail. The aim of this article is to introduce humanization theory and to show how it can be applied to health-promoting practice. Health promotion can feature humanizing and dehumanizing elements, and these appear to impact on how people may (or may not) engage with interventions. The primary prevention of skin cancer in young people is an illustration of this. The practice implications of applying humanization theory to health promotion are potentially vast and complex; however, it is proposed that considering the dimensions of humanization may be a useful activity to inform the early stages of health-promotion intervention designs. Furthermore, developing the qualitative research evidence base about peoples' experiences of humanizing dimensions of health promotion would also be a valuable step towards ensuring that interventions account for the 'human dimension'. Applying humanization theory to the specific example of skin cancer prevention in young people has been a new venture but based on work so far, suggestions for humanizing principles for skin cancer prevention would need to be inclusive of the needs of young people, to support them and to involve them in research and intervention development.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:adolescent health; health promotion; humanization; qualitative research; skin cancer prevention; young people; Health Promotion; Humans; Models, Psychological; Public Health; Skin Neoplasms; Social Environment; Social Isolation; Sunlight
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:39449
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:30 Jan 2024 09:48
Last Modified:30 Jan 2024 09:48


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