Professional health promotion competencies in preventing falls in pediatrics

Sabrina de Souza Gurgel Francisca Elisângela Teixeira Lima Mayara Kelly Moura Ferreira Cristina Oliveira da Costa Maria Gabriela Miranda Fontenele Lorena Pinheiro Barbosa About the authors



To assess the domains of professional health promotion competencies, established by the Developing Competencies and Professional Standards for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Europe, based on applying the Instrument of Prevention of Falls in Pediatrics.


This is a cross-sectional, descriptive and quantitative study. It was carried out in January and February 2018 in open inpatient units of two pediatric hospitals with 203 health professionals (184 nursing professionals, ten doctors and nine physiotherapists); working in open inpatient units at the referred institutions for at least six months; from self-completion of the professional characterization form and the Instrument of Prevention of Falls in Pediatrics, which has four factors with 15 actions. Descriptive analysis was performed according to a checklist developed and validated that contains the factors of the instrument for preventing falls with the respective actions and the nine domains of health promotion competency.


The health promotion competency domains (Communication, Planning, Implementation, Assessment, Evaluation and Research, Enable Change, and Mediate through Partnership) were identified in the actions of the factors of the Instrument of Prevention of Falls in Pediatrics. Eleven actions had an execution percentage higher than 50%. The Advocate for Health and Leadership domains have not been identified.


Seven domains of health promotion competencies were identified, which are important to ensure safe, comprehensive and resolutive care for preventing falls in pediatrics.

Professional competence; Health Promotion; Accidental falls; Patient care team; Child

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