Book review: Planning Health Promotion Programs

A practical resource for developing health promotion and education programmes.

Planning Health Promotion Programs: An Intervention Mapping Approach

Planning Health Promotion Programs

L Kay Bartholomew Eldredge, Christine M Markham, Robert AC Ruiter et al | Jossey-Bass | £75 | 704pp | ISBN: 9781119035497


Interventional mapping, a protocol for developing effective behavioural change, has three characteristics: an ecological approach, the participation of all stakeholders, and the use of theories and evidence.

This book is divided into two sections, foundations and intervention mapping steps. The first reviews behaviour theories and environment theories of health promotion and education, while the second explores and explains intervention mapping steps.

There are case studies throughout the second section, and each chapter includes discussion questions, learning activities, summaries and reference lists.

The final chapter explains how to draw on intervention mapping for evidence-based interventions with new populations and settings.

Important concepts, such as planning matrices, iterative planning, logic models and evaluation, are explained in different contexts.

This book is a great practical resource for developing health promotion and education programmes. It is user friendly and ideal for teaching purposes.

Reviewed by Lorraine Hicking-Woodison, assistant practitioner and healthcare support worker adviser, Kent

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