Tag: Defining Health
The World Health Organization defines health as the state of complete mental, physical, and social wellbeing and not the absence of infirmity. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorse the definition by showing that the complete wellbeing of a person defines their health (Brook, 2017). Past definitions would indicate that health is a state of being free from disease and illness. The improved definition is critical since it examines the wellbeing of a person in three dimensions including physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Healthcare workers have a responsibility to examine the health of an individual in different dimensions (Brook, 2017). A comprehensive patient examination is vital in assessing the healthcare factors that could contribute to poor health. Due to the improved definition of health, practitioners have to utilize different interventions apart from medication to promote health.
The resources necessary to provide quality healthcare in a population involve all the materials needed to provide healthcare services. The resources include all the materials, funds, and personnel that are vital in the provision of healthcare services. The materials include the medication and the tools necessary for the provision of care (Healthy People, 2021). Healthcare facilities should be equipped with the materials for diagnostic testing and provision of care. It is important to diagnose patients accurately using the appropriate tools. Another set of resources is the personnel (Healthy People, 2021). The personnel includes the nurses, managers, physicians, psychiatrists, and midwives. The different categories of nurses are important for bedside care, follow-up clinic, and prescription of medication. Lack of sufficient distribution of personnel across the healthcare network undermines the health of patients (Lacasa et al., 2020). For instance, the healthcare sector has been facing a shortage of personnel leading to long shifts for the available practitioners.
Funds are important resources in the provision of care across the world. The allocation of funds for research purposes enhances the ability to discover new medications or practices (Lacasa et al., 2020). Healthcare workers need to utilize evidence-based practices to ensure the accuracy of treatment and diagnosis. Hospitals use funds to allocate appropriate salaries for the healthcare workers and other support staff. It is important to motivate the healthcare workers by compensating them appropriately (Cancio et al., 2019). Governments utilize policies to allocate practitioners and provide medication to healthcare facilities.
The resources available in my community are healthcare workers. Community healthcare workers are present in the surrounding healthcare facilities. Some of their major roles in diagnosis and treatment (Cancio et al., 2019). During the pandemic, the healthcare workers have been vital in addressing the issues surrounding the treatment and diagnosis. Another important role in educating the patients on the need to change lifestyles to ensure quality healthcare outcomes. The practitioners are equipped with the tools for diagnosing different diseases and providing appropriate interventions (Lacasa et al., 2020). The nurses and physicians utilize evidence-based practice interventions to ensure they provide quality care to the patients.
Past definitions would indicate that health is a state of being free from disease and illness. The improved definition is critical since it examines the wellbeing of a person in three dimensions including physical, mental, and social wellbeing. The resources include all the materials, funds, and personnel that are vital in the provision of healthcare services. Healthcare facilities have a responsibility to utilize the resources to promote quality healthcare outcomes. It is important to ensure equitable distribution of the resources in the healthcare sector to eliminate the risk of inequalities that lead to negative outcomes.
Brook, R. H. (2017). Should the Definition of Health Include a Measure of Tolerance?. Jama, 317(6), 585-586.
Cancio, J. M., Vela, E., Santaeugènia, S., Clèries, M., Inzitari, M., & Ruiz, D. (2019). Long-term impact of hip fracture on the use of healthcare resources: a population-based study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 20(4), 456-461.
Healthy People (2021). Healthy People 2020. ODPHP. Retrieved from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/about/foundation-health-measures/Determinants-of-Health
Lacasa, L., Challen, R., Brooks-Pollock, E., & Danon, L. (2020). A flexible method for optimising sharing of healthcare resources and demand in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Plos One, 15(10), e0241027.