Concepts of Health and Its Determinants
Concepts of health, illness, disease and the socially defined sick role are fundamental to understanding the health of a community and to applying that knowledge to the patients that a physician serves. With advances in care, the aspirations of patients for good health have expanded and this has placed new demands on physicians to address issues that are not strictly biomedical in nature. These concepts are also important if the physician is to understand health and illness behavior.
Define and discuss the concepts of health, wellness, illness, disease and sickness.
Describe the determinants of health and how they affect the health of a population and the individuals it comprises.
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