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geo 303 lecture 4 - Concepts of Health Health as a Social...

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1 Concepts of Health & Health as a Social Construction GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross (Lecture 4) Outline WHO, biopsychosocial, disease ecology The overlapping meaning of health, disease and illness GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross (Lecture 4) disease and illness Readings for Today Rootman and Raeburn “What is health?” • Meade and Earickson “Human ecology GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross (Lecture 4) Meade and Earickson Human ecology of disease.” Smith “Black lung”
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2 Conceptualizing Health Absence of disease WHO definition (1947) ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross (Lecture 4) merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ A British Health Council Definition: Good health is possible if you are able to choose to do a job you enjoy in a pleasant and safe environment, to live in a warm house with enough space so that people do not get on top of one another, and with a safe place for children to play, to be able to have your children looked afer during the day, eat the food you like best, to have a garden, . . . It is having time with people you love and time on your own. Health is an abstract concept – we cannot see it therefore it must be conceptualized and then operationalized in research GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross (Lecture 4) What ‘counts’ as “health” matters for how we allocate resources Today we will focus on the conceptualization, next class on measurement Rootman and Raeburn: The Concept of Health Dictionary meanings: Germanic roots meaning “whole”; old English haelth meaning “soundness” • Western concepts and biomedical notions of GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N.
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