Essay on Perceptions Of Health And Health

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Perceptions of Health Differ
Health is something that everyone as an individual has a perception of. The World Health Organisation (W.H.O) state that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (1946). Therefore, the W.H.O believe that to be healthy a person needs to be more than just free from illness. The positive health perception is also quite similar to what is cited by the W.H.O. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2013) studied Positive Health and found external factors known as health assets can help accomplish long and healthy life. This is achieved by bypassing a neutral state of health where there is no presence of health problems, to a greater overall health, by using health assets, such as maintaining physical fitness and emotional security.

Models of Health The Biomedical Model The Social Model The Holistic Approach
The Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing (2012) state that The Biomedical Model of health is “A conceptual model of illness that excludes psychological and social factors”.

The Biomedical Model examines the biological factors of an illness. The emphasis of this model is to diagnose an illness by using an array of tests such as blood tests and X-rays. An intervention stage then follows this diagnoses, a Healthcare Professional then sets out a care plan to see what treatment can be given to remove the ill health, in the form of medication. The…

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