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What is the 1948 WHO definition of health?

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

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What are two factors that determine normality?

Statistical
Cultural

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Describe statistical normality

The normal distribution:
When statistic plotted along horizontal axis for the variable (i.e. time) with the vertical axis representing probability of observing the value - it produces a bell shaped curve

4

Describe culture normality

Depends on expectations and standard of the society, and thus on political and economic factors as well

5

Apply 'normality' to peak flow readings

Somebodies 'normal' range may be out of the statistical predicted normal level, and the average range may indicate that the patient is unwell

6

Apply 'normality' to FBC

Haemoglobin levels may lie in 'abnormal' range, but that valve may be normal and healthy to the individual

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What is the scientific view of health?

Health as the absence of disease or illness

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What are the 5 characteristics set out by David Seedhouse in defining positive ideas about health?

Health as:
An ideal state
Physical and mental fitness
Commodity
Personal strength or ability
Basis for personal potential

9

What were the general public's view on health (Blaxter 1995)?

Absence of disease
Physical fitness
Functional ability

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What are the three different views on health with Lays Health Beliefs?

Age
Gender
Social Class

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Describe Age in Lays Health Beliefs

Older people concerned with functional ability
Younger people focused on physical strength and fitness

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Describe Gender in Lays Health Beliefs

Men and women think about health differently
Women may find concept of health more interesting
Women add a social aspect to healthth

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Describe Social Class in Lays Health Beliefs

People living in difficult economic and social circumstances regard health as functional - the ability to be productive, cope and take are of others

Women of high social class or educational qualifications have a more multidimensional view of health

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What are different views of health?

Depends on whether you're a professional, where you live, circumstances, how old you are and gender