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Being well and well-being: the value of community and professional concepts in understanding positive health

Elaine Cameron, Jonathan Mathers and Jayne Parry

in Social Policy Review 18

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348449
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303459 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348449.003.0007
Being well and well-being: the value of community and professional concepts in understanding positive health

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This chapter draws on empirical evidence regarding professionals and service users' views. It draws on the results of a Department of Health-funded study to explore understanding of health and well-being from the perspective of community members and professionals. It describes how the literature on concepts of health and illness has broadened in recent years to include a growing focus on positive health and well-being. It argues that specific definitions of positive health are, however, difficult to identify. It further argues using findings from the HealthCounts study that more work is needed to develop theoretical frameworks around positive health. It finds that concepts of well-being in themselves are not sufficient unless well specified, and are closely linked with formal or official discourse rather than individual or community views. It argues that lay accounts of positive health can help to broaden understanding of health and its influences as well as improve its measurement.

Keywords: empirical evidence; professionals and service users; Department of Health; health and well-being; positive health; HealthCounts

Chapter.  8470 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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