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Health education and health promotion are important aspects of the German public health service.

 
Explanatory notes on Guiding Concepts of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Glossary of concepts, strategies and methods in health promotion and Disease Prevention

Health promotion is a complex and interdisciplinary field of action. For a fruitful collaboration, all persons involved need to agree on shared technical terms, concepts and courses of action which overcome the thresholds of single professional disciplines. Without such shared understanding, misunderstandings are inevitable, and pursuing shared goals together is more difficult.

Hence, since 1993, the German Federal Centre for Health Education (German: Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung) develops and publishes a glossary of health promotion and disease prevention keywords. The glossary contains explanations of core concepts in the field and provides an integrated overview of current scientific and political debates on the topic in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

A growing demand for - and interest in - sharing scientific and practical knowledge and experiences across the borders of countries and languages arises from the advancing globalization and the “digital revolution” with its new ways to communicate. The Federal Centre for Health Education aims to encourage and facilitate this exchange and to make the interpretation of strategies, methods and concepts in German-speaking countries visible and comprehensible.

 
 

Therefore, in an initial phase, we provide English translations for 20 (out of ca. 120) recently revised and updated keywords in the German glossary. The selected keywords are unique in their interpretation and usage in German-speaking countries; in contrast, keywords in the German glossary which originate from English-speaking countries and are being used in a similar fashion in Germany (e.g., “social marketing”) were not selected for translation into English. The editorial team* takes account for the identification and naming of the German keywords, for the recruitment of authors and for the selection of the English keywords.

The glossary targets scholars as well as practitioners who are interested in drawing comparisons with German-language countries and are looking for stimuli and suggestions for their work. It also provides students and lecturers in the health sciences with orientation and studying aids or planning aids.

* Members of the editorial team are: Alf Trojan, Lotte Kaba-Schönstein, Peter Franzkowiak, Guido Nöcker, and Stephan Blümel

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Ethics in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Joseph Kuhn, Manfred Wildner

Ethics, Morals, Rights

Prevention and health promotion are fields of practice. Wherever people are active, we are dealing not only with descriptive matters - how things are - but also with normative matters: How they should be. On the legal side, the answers are provided by the system of law and jurisprudence; on the moral side of things by ethics. Ethics provide the rationale for moral norms. For example, the directive in obesity prevention of not making fun of overweight people is a moral norm. What that means and why this norm should be acknowledged is the subject of ethics (reconstruction, reflection, legitimization). Ethical problems in preventive action may be found in everyday life (“Should I drink alcohol during my pregnancy?” “Should I smoke in the presence of children?”) as well as in professional contexts - which is, in turn, the subject of the following.

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