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<i>Introduction, summary and conclusions</i>

Kenneth C. Calman

in The Potential for Health

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780192629449
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629449.003.0001
Introduction, summary and conclusions

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This introductory chapter summarizes the book and sets out the key issues. It discusses the definition of health and the various factors which determine health, including genetics, the environment, lifestyle, social and economic factors, and the provision of health services. It also discusses the concept of quality of life and the purpose of health. There is a section on historical aspects of how health has changed over the years. The chapter also considers ethical issues and whose job it is to change health, including the role of public involvement. It then sets out a model for health and health care which integrates the factors just discussed. Finally, it identifies ways of making it happen at the personal level, within the family, as a professional, and at a national level. Leadership is considered to be a key theme.

Keywords: health; determinants of health; quality of life; ethical issues; making it happen

Chapter.  8798 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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