What is the concept of health and illness?for use in hospital and patient care

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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My concept of health and illness for use in hospital and patient care is pretty basic.  A person goes into a hospital to be treated for, and helped in overcoming an illness or medical condition.  While in the hospital, they need to be protected from germs and disease while they are in a weakened, compromised condition.

Some years ago, I read of a man who went into the hospital to have a routine gall bladder operation.  While in there, he contracted an infection that turned septic, and he died.  The hospital and doctors were supposed to help him, but instead they killed him! 

Our medical profession needs to make every conceivable effort to keep their hospital patients healthy, thriving, and alive.  Hospitals should be the cleanest, shiniest, most sterile places on earth!  Their medical staff should be scrupulously, meticulously clean and thorough in taking care of all their patients. 

I'm not finding fault with our doctors and hospitals for they do a wonderful job.  I just wish we could end the tragedy of lives lost unnecessarily.

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Health is a complex concept with several issues which are including the emotional dimension, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual. Health is much more than the absence of disease. It is a process that contributes to the well-being and balance.

Emotional health refers to the ability of expression and resolution of emotions of a person in a constructive way.


Intellectual health refers to the ability to assess the information and making an important decision.

Physical health is related to body condition and it's response in case of injury and disease.

Social health is the ability to arrange, to enjoy, to contribute and benefit of relationships developed with others.

Spiritual health is related to purposes of consistency, harmony and balance that appears to promote energy and overall health education.

Although people can focus on different aspects of health, all these dimensions are interrelated. The positive effects achieved in a certain direction tend to bind the other dimension and the negative influences that appear on one dimension will likely generate problems for others.

It is very important acquisition and maintenance of a steady state. Balance is the key concept of health status, the body searching the state of homeostasis to maintain and reinvigorate itself.

All dimensions of health are influenced, even affected by many factors, which can be grouped into factors of the health care system, environmental factors, genetic factors and lifestyle factors.

Lifestyle factors are in many ways the most influential factors on overall health. They also are factors that can best be kept under control. Lifestyle includes sets of behavior that affects differently the action or a person's life.

 Life style components are working style,ecology style, recreation style, entertaining style, communication style, relationship style, style, knowledge style, style of consumption  and style of nutrition .

Although lifestyle is complex, however it is less than personal control and is dictated by the ability to choose which can be widely  beneficial to individual life and health.

Choices regarding health involves more than objective information. It also requires understanding of the overall goals of the individual. The objectives of individuals is generally based on the needs and their expectations.

Like many behaviors, (such as smoking behavior, which is especially HARMFUL long term than in the near future), the development of behaviors that require health has benefits  not so short term, as well long term.



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