Community empowerment assessment in a school of the north of Portugal: a qualitative study

Pedro Miguel de Almeida Melo, Joana Costa, Patrícia Moreira, Carlos Pinto, Sandra Moura, João Neves-Amado, Margarida Vieira

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Purpose: Identify the level of community empowerment in the school community integrated into the national school health program in the north of Portugal Theory: Community Assessment, Intervention and Empowerment Model developed by Melo, allows a Systematized decision-making in community health nursing that promotes community empowerment as a process and a result of nursing care. In order to evaluate the level of community empowerment, Laverack developed the Empowerment Assessment Rated Scale, that measures de level of empowerment in nine domains. Methods: Qualitative study, that involved the translation to Portuguese and cultural validation of EARS and a focus group with a school community of teachers, form a professional school from the north region of Portugal, to evaluate the perception of empowerment of its community using the translated scale. Findings: It was possible to identify the level of empowerment of this school community in the nine domains of empowerment, related to a school health project developed in an health center of North Region Health Administration. Discussion: We conclude that the EARS is a useful instrument to evaluate community empowerment before and after the use of Community Assessment, Intervention and Empowerment Model in the context of school health.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017
EventEuropean Forum for Primary Care: The Citizen Voice in Primary Care: a social commitment to 'health for all'! - Casa do Médico, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 24 Sept 201726 Sept 2017


ConferenceEuropean Forum for Primary Care
Abbreviated titleEFPC 2017 Porto Conference


  • Community empowerment
  • School health
  • Community health nursing


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