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Implementation of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) tool in a regional organization in Sweden – a feasibility study.
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3787-1040
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
2005 (English)In: Health Promotion International, ISSN 0957-4824, Vol. 20, no 3, p. 277-284Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last decade, Health Impact Assessment (HIA) has been discussed worldwide as being an important tool for the development of healthy public policy. In Sweden, the Swedish Federation of County Councils and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities have taken the initiative to and are responsible for the development of an HIA tool concerning proposed policy decisions at local and regional levels. The HIA tool was developed as three different templates to be adapted to local conditions and needs: the Health Question, the Health Matrix and the Health Impact Analysis. In this paper we present a feasibility study of the experiences of implementing this HIA tool at regional level in a Health Care District (SWHCD) of Stockholm County Council, based on an inductive approach and on principles of data triangulation. The main findings include the need for continuous revision of the HIA templates during the pilot period. The following factors were instrumental in successfully using the HIA tool in local policy making and management: political consensus, agreement between politicians and public officials on political intentions, a clear-cut decision from management, and offering an opportunity for training. Respondents felt that all public officials should use the HIA as part of their normal work routines. In conclusion, the HIA tool has to be locally adapted and the implementation process has to include close collaboration between politicians and public officials and be followed by continuing education, providing possibilities for a dialogue around the HIA tool, in order to ensure the quality of the instrument. Implications of the study are that the process of developing the tool has worked well but that the possible impacts of its use in this case remain an open question. However, this was not the focus of our study.

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2005. Vol. 20, no 3, p. 277-284
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-2868DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dai009ISI: 000231693300009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-24344498696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-2868DiVA, id: diva2:115531
Available from: 2008-01-09 Created: 2008-01-09 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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