ARCHIVED - Health Promotion Approach: Natural Health Products and Complementary and Alternative Health Care

Note on concept of Health Promotion

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health. Health promotion practice understands health in its broadest sense, and is the product of people's behaviour, genetic make-up, social connections and environments. "People" may refer to communities and populations, not just individuals. It is important to understand that determinants of health such as education, environment, culture and economic factors have a significant impact on this enabling process.

Description: NHPD File on Health Promotion

This file provides the opportunity for policy attention to natural health products (NHPs) and complementary and alternative health care (CAHC) in the context of a health promotion approach. It integrates earlier Health Canada attention to complementary and alternative health care and its current and potential impact on our health system with information, informed choice and utilization issues for natural health products. This is in the context of development and implementation at Health Canada of a regulatory framework for natural health products.

The current challenge is to consider product, practice and practitioner issues, using a health promotion approach, to situate this file for the future. That is, to further develop the relevance of health promotion concepts in a landscape of CAHC and NHPs, then to develop strategic plans to guide program development and wise use of resources.

In this topic...

  • Perspectives on Natural Health Products

What information can you find here?

  • An Exploration of Current Issues in Botanical Quality: A Discussion Paper (February 2002)
  • A Summary of National Data on Complementary and Alternative Health Care - Current Status and Future Development: A Discussion Paper
  • Assessing Research Literacy in Complementary and Alternative Health Care Products and Practice: An Invitational Roundtable (Toronto, August 13-14, 2001)
  • Building Complementary and Alternative Health Care and Natural Health Products Research Networks: A Discussion Paper (June 2002)
  • Developing a Research Agenda in Natural Health Products, Complementary and Alternative Health Care and HIV/AIDS: A Discussion Paper
  • Drug Interactions with Natural Health Products: A Research Priority-Setting Conference
  • Drug interactions with Natural Health Products: A Discussion Paper (November 2001)
  • Getting the Right Knowledge to the Right People at the Right Time - An Invitational Roundtable on Knowledge Transfer (February 14-15, 2002)
  • Health Law and Ethics in Relation to the Use of Complementary and Alternative Health Care and Natural Health Products: An Invitational Roundtable (December 1-2, 2001)
  • Information and Informed Choice in the Use of Complementary and Alternative Health Care and Natural Health Products: An Invitational Roundtable (October 21-22, 2001, Vancouver)
  • Invitational Roundtable of Natural Health Products Research Priority Setting Conference
  • Health Promotion - Perspectives on Natural Health Products: Population Groups and Issue Areas
  • Needs Assessment: Research Literacy and Capacity Amongst Complementary and Alternative Health Care Providers
  • Natural Health Products: Research Priority Setting Conference - Health Canada Health Protection Branch - November 6-8, 1999
  • Natural Health Products Research in Children and Youth: A Priority-Setting Conference (March 17-18, 2002, Toronto)
  • Perspectives on Natural Health Products - A Collection of Executive Summaries from Stakeholder Consultation Reports, 2001-2002
  • Quality Controls and Product Standards: A Research Priority-Setting Conference (March 8-9, Vancouver)
  • Reviewing and Assessing the Role of the Natural Health Products Directorate in Research: An Invitational Roundtable
  • Reflections on Health Law and Ethics in Complementary and Alternative Health Care
  • Reflections on Education, Information and Informed Choice in Complementary and Alternative Health Care (February 4, 2002)
  • The Role of Natural Health Products and Complementary and Alternative Health Care in HIV/AIDS - Developing a Research Agenda: An Invitational Roundtable
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