The potential of ecological theory for building an integrated framework to develop the public health contribution of health visiting

Alison Bryans, Flora Cornish, Jean McIntosh

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In line with recent UK and Scottish policy imperatives, there is increasing pressure for the health visiting service to assume an enhanced role in improving public health. Although health visiting has so far maintained its unique position as a primarily preventive service within the UK health service, its distinctive contribution now appears under threat. The continuing absence of a comprehensive and integrated conceptual basis for practice has a negative impact on the profession’s ability to respond to current challenges. Establishing an integrative framework to conceptualise health visiting practice would enable more sensitive, focused and appropriate research, education and evaluation in relation to practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-572
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009



  • community nursing
  • health visiting practice
  • public health nursing

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