Health promotion in the health services
Health promotion is often associated with public health and strategies to help the healthy people stay healthy. However, more people survive former lethal diseases, often with long-term side-effects from the disease or the medical treatment, and a growing number of people are diagnosed with a chronic condition. Promoting health should therefore be regarded as a reasonable strategy, also for the many defined as ill. Since health comprises all aspects of life (physical, psychological, social and existential aspects), health promotion should be directed towards actualizing the health potential in all these aspects, whether a person is healthy or ill.