PUBHLTH 129 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-2: World Health Organization, Biopsychosocial Model, Health Belief Model

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World health organization definition of health (cid:862)health is a state of (cid:272)o(cid:373)plete physi(cid:272)al, (cid:373)e(cid:374)tal, a(cid:374)d so(cid:272)ial (cid:449)ell (cid:271)ei(cid:374)g, (cid:374)ot (cid:373)erely a(cid:374) a(cid:271)se(cid:374)(cid:272)e of disease or i(cid:374)fir(cid:373)ity(cid:863) Personal perceptions of physical symptoms are impacted by culture. Diseases must be seen by a clinical health provider based on the diagnosis. You may have a disease and not feel sick like having hypertension. Acute conditions: diagnosable, limited in time, are treatable: headaches. Chronic conditions: treatable, but not really curable, manageable: cancer. Diagnose illness by finding one specific causative agent treated by developing strategies specific for that agent. Good for bacterial infections but bad for illnesses that cant be diagnosed, treated, or contagious. It is followed by the us health care system. It presupposes the existence of illness or disease. Emphasizes clinical diagnosis and medical interventions in order to treat the disease or its symptoms. Host: person may be at risk of acquiring a disease.

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