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Health Care Analysis

Health Care Analysis

An International Journal of Health, Philosophy and Policy

Main editor: A.M. Viens

ISSN: 1065-3058 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-3394 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10728

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Special Virtual Issue: Ethics, Law and Health Promotion

Ethics, Law and Health Promotion

Health promotion is an area of public health concerned with enabling people to improve their health through a wide range of individual, social, and environmental interventions. Health promotion policy and practice, however, should not be understood as merely a technical or scientific exercise of trying to figure out which of these interventions would be the most effective at improving health. Public health’s social mission (to promote and protect population health and reduce health inequalities), and the social machinery (law, regulation, governance, policy) it uses to advance this mission, plays a critical role in defining, shaping and enforcing the way in which we undertake health promotion.

In this special online issue, we gather a collection of articles previously published in Health Care Analysis on some key ethical and legal aspects of health promotion. We hope that bringing together papers employing conceptual and normative analysis of health promotion will emphasise the importance of understanding the social mission and social machinery of health promotion, and the role such analysis can contribute to fruitful discussions for health policy and practice.

A.M. Viens


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    Health Care Analysis is a journal that promotes dialogue and debate about conceptual and normative issues related to health and health care, including health systems, healthcare provision, health law, public policy and health, professional health practice, health services organization and decision-making, and health-related education at all levels of clinical medicine, public health and global health.

    Health Care Analysis seeks to support the conversation between philosophy and policy, in particular illustrating the importance of conceptual and normative analysis to health policy, practice and research. As such, papers accepted for publication are likely to analyse philosophical questions related to health, health care or health policy that focus on one or more of the following: aims or ends, theories, frameworks, concepts, principles, values or ideology.

    All styles of theoretical analysis are welcome providing that they illuminate conceptual or normative issues and encourage debate between those interested in health, philosophy and policy. Papers must be rigorous, but should strive for accessibility – with care being taken to ensure that their arguments and implications are plain to a broad academic and international audience. In addition to purely theoretical papers, papers grounded in empirical research or case-studies are very welcome so long as they explore the conceptual or normative implications of such work. Authors are encouraged, where possible, to have regard to the social contexts of the issues they are discussing, and all authors should ensure that they indicate the ‘real world’ implications of their work.

    Health Care Analysis publishes contributions from philosophers, lawyers, social scientists, healthcare educators, healthcare professionals and administrators, and other health-related academics and policy analysts.

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