Health Care Ethics
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Henk ten Have
preventive medicine, prevention, health promotion, patient care, education, healthcare ethics
While practiced for centuries, preventive medicine has received increased attention during the recent times. Preventive medicine has a distinct mission to protect, promote, and maintain health as well as to prevent diseases, disabilities, and premature deaths. It aims to fulfill its mission through the combined form of clinical intervention and health promotion. In the recent years, preventive medicine has begun to lean more towards the clinical interventions, taking away from the health promotion. This imbalance has caused preventive medicine to lose its effectiveness in fulfilling its mission. One of the leading causes for such imbalance is the lack of proper and adequate knowledge among healthcare professionals, patients, and the general public. Reintroducing preventive medicine through proper education is the necessary step required to reduce high rate of preventable diseases and increase individual quality of life. The first step of reintroducing preventive medicine is to educate the healthcare professionals on the importance of practicing preventive medicine in its combined form. Healthcare professionals are then responsible for reintroducing preventive medicine to patients and the general public through their daily practice. The Preventive Model and the Preventive GP Model are designed to assist healthcare professionals in reintroducing preventive medicine among patients and the general public, respectively. The models categorize the different areas that need to be addressed, into three sections: risk factors, preventive measures, and plan of action. They are designed and implemented using the collaborative work of the medical team, public health sector, and the education board.
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