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The aim of this assignment is to reflect on how the promotion of health and well being can be facilitated in the role of the nurse, by the undertaking of the Public Health Workbook. Throughout this assignment the author, a student nurse will identify links between the promotion of health and well being and disease management, highlighting how the use of the workbook can aid in the application of the information and knowledge gained, by suggesting how these skills will be applied to the student nurses future practice. Disease management improves the quality of a patient’s lifestyle and activities of daily living, through education and nursing intervention on their condition, empowering them to take a more significant role in their own care. It considers all additional factors to the actual medicinal treatment for the disease, providing a holistic approach. It is therefore imperative that the patient is given relevant health promotion advice in order to manage there own disease. Health promotion is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1986 as: “The process of enabling people to increase control over the determinants of health and there by improve their health.” Health promotion can be used as reinforcement to disease management by acting as a pre emptive measure and also as an integral part of aftercare. Meaning Living a healthy lifestyle can prevent disease and also can be effectively utilised in reducing the effects of the condition and prolonging life. The promotion of health and well being sits along side the physical condition, it is therefore vital for the health care professional involved in a patients care, to consider all aspects of the patients lifestyle, allowing for a holistic approach of education and care to be achieved. Nightingale (1860) stated that: “Nature alone cures....And what nursing has to do...is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him.”

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