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what is the WHO definition of health?

a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity


what is the definition of public health?

the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organised efforts of society


what are the 3 main domains of public health?

1) health improvement/promotion
2) health protection - focused on infectious diseases and emerging hazards
3) health services/health care


life expectancy is an indicator of health. what factors effect life expectancy?

- geopolitics
- health care provision
- innovation
- economic development


what factors effect likelihood of smoking?

- deprivation
- education
- ethnicity
- obesity


what factors effect likelihood of drinking?

- age - young people are less likely to consume the same amount of alcohol in a week than older people, but are more likely to exceed the weekly recommended limit in a day
- as household income increases the amount of alcohol consumed is likely to increase


what are the differences between upstream determinants and downstream determinants?

- upstream determinants involve life circumstances on a macro level (e.g. housing, education)
- downstream determinants involve risk factors on a micro level (e.g. ethnicity, gender, alcohol consumption, genetics, obesity, stress)


what are the 3 causes of health inequalities?

- upstream determinants - financial status, employment, work environment, education, housing
- lifestyle factors - smoking, BP, alcohol, cholesterol, BMI
- health services - primary and secondary care, preventative care, community services


what is health promotion?

the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve their health. it involves changing actions towards social, economic and environmental conditions to alleviate their impact on public and individual health.


what does health promotion involve?

- clinical intervention - biomedical screening/ immunisation
- health education - smoking cessation, healthy eating, exercise promotion
- healthy public policy - legal, fiscal and social measures to make healthy choices easier (e.g. sugar tax), sustainable policies and opportunities that enable equality for health and well-being
- community development - groups with their own agendas, partnerships with public, private, non-governmental and international organisations


what does the Health Promotion Tannahill Model involve?

overlap of protection (legal, fiscal, social measures), prevention (medical interventions) and education methods


what are the 4 levels of prevention?

1) primordial prevention
2) primary prevention
3) secondary prevention
4) tertiary prevention


what is primordial prevention?

prevention of factors promoting the emergence of lifestyles, behaviours and exposure patterns which contribute to increased risk of disease


what is primary prevention?

actions to prevent the onset of disease, by limiting exposures to risk factors by individual/communal behaviour change (E.g. vaccination)


what is secondary prevention?

halting the progression of an illness once it has already established. early detection followed by prompt, effective treatment.


what is tertiary prevention?

rehabilitation of people with established disease to minimise residual disability and complications. aims to improve quality of life.


what are the 2 main approaches to disease prevention?

1) high risk - identifying those in special need, then controlling exposure or providing protection against effect of exposure
2) population - recognition that the occurrence of common diseases and exposures reflects the behaviour and circumstances of society as a whole


what is the prevention paradox?

many people exposed to a small risk may generate more disease than a few people exposed to a large risk


what are the strengths of a high risk approach?

- effective due to high motivation of individual and clinician
- efficient
- benefit:risk ratio is favourable
- appropriate to individual
- easy to evaluate


what are the weaknesses of a high risk approach?

- palliative and temporary (misses a large amount of disease)
- risk prediction may not be accurate
- limited potential
- hard to change individual's behaviour


what are the strengths of the population approach?

- equitable (overall risk may be high if many are exposed to low risk)
- radical
- large potential for population
- behaviourally appropriate


what are the weaknesses of the population approach??

- small advantage to individual
- poor motivation of individual and clinician
- benefit:risk ratio is worse


at what levels can health promotion have an impact?

- population - internationally/nationally (gov't, ads, media)
- community - locally (GP, hospitals, schools)
- individual (support group)


give an example of a Health Promotion role where doctors have worked with individuals

Smoking Cessation:
- smoking cessation guidelines (NICE)
- motivational interview
- support for stopping
- prescription of nicotine replacement therapy
- referral to specialist services


describe the Wanless Report for Health Promotion

involves the need to focus on prevention and the wider determinants of health
3 reports:
1) on NHS
2) on social care
3) on public health


what 6 areas were identified to target by the gov't (Gov't White paper - Choosing Health) after the Wanless report?

- smoking
- alcohol
- obesity
- sexual health
- teenage pregnancy - mental health
- diet


describe the Commission on Social Determinants of Health

- improve conditions of daily life
- tackle inequitable distribution of power, money and resources
- develop a workforce that is trained in the social determinants of heath
- raise public awareness about social determinants


what is The Marmot Review?

UK's response to Commission on Social determinants of heath


what are the 6 main objectives of The Marmot Review?

1) give every child the best start in life
2) enable everyone to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives
3) fair employment and good work for all
4) healthy standard of living for all
5) healthy and sustainable places and communities
6) strengthen the role and impact of ill health prevention


what are the key public health initiatives in the UK?

- smoking cessation (and clinics/nicotine replacement therapy/group sessions)
- policy
- legislation
- taxation
- media campaigns
- school activities
- healthy workplaces
- 1-to-1 support