Don't strangle health promotion, redefine it

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7334.427 (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:427
  1. Allan Sinclair (asinclai@1rha.ab.ca), director of health services
  1. Public Health Lakeland Regional Health Authority, Lac La Biche Health Unit, Box 869, Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada T0A 2C0

    EDITOR—Guthrie cites an example of a well meaning and resource intense intervention for type 2 diabetes that failed to have the effect for which it was presumably designed.1 He calls for us to strangle health promotion before it strangles us.

    I agree that many health promotion trials have been disappointing, but I think that the call …

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