Determinants of effective health promotion actions in local contexts: a study of the perceptions of municipal politicians

Nina Simonsen-Rehn, Ritva Annikki Laamanen, Mats Brommels, Sakari Suominen

    Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review


    OBJECTIVE: To compare municipal politicians' perceptions of health promotion policy and its impact, and whether these perceptions varied according to political variables.

    METHODS: A mail survey to all municipal politicians (N = 195) in four municipalities in Finland. Response rate was 52%. Data were analysed by descriptive statistics and multivariate regression analyses.

    RESULTS: The politicians gave 'passable grades' when evaluating health promotion activities and their effectiveness in the municipalities. Three factors in a multivariate model explained 49% of the variance in this evaluation: emphasis on the promotion of health and quality of life of older people, capacity of primary health care and capacity of care for older people. There did not appear to be a consistent view on the local health promotion policies among the politicians. 'Terms in office' was more significant than political party affiliation to explain differences in the policy makers' perceptions.

    CONCLUSIONS: Paying attention to the possible impeding effects of structures, as well as enhancing institutional capacity, could open ways for a stronger focus on health promotion, including community participation, in local councils.

    TidskriftInternational Journal of Public Health
    Sidor (från-till)787-795
    Antal sidor9
    StatusPublicerad - 2012
    MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

    Bibliografisk information

    Proceeding volume:


    • 3142 Folkhälsovetenskap, miljö och arbetshälsa

    Citera det här