New Article about Creating Health Published

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With my colleagues, our new article, Adapting and Using Quality Management Methods to Improve Health Promotion, has been published. You can access the journal article here. This is the abstract. If you have time to review it, I am interested in your thoughts. Thank you.

Abstract:

Although the western world is the most technologically advanced civilization to date, it is also the most addicted, obese, medicated, and in-debt adult population in history. Experts had predicted that the 21st century would be a time of better health and prosperity. Although wealth has increased, our quest to quell health problems using a pathogenic approach without understanding the intercon- nectedness of everyone and everything has damaged per- sonal and planetary health. While current efforts help identify and eliminate causes of problems, they do not facilitate the creation of health and well-being as would be done with a salutogenic approach. Sociologist Aaron Anto- novsky coined the term salutogenesis in 1979. It is derived from salus, which is Latin for health, and genesis, meaning to give birth. Salutogenesis, the study of the origins and creation of health, provides a method to identify an interconnected way to enhance well-being. Salutogenesis provides a framework for a method of practice to improve health promotion efforts. This article illustrates how quality management methods can be used to guide health promo- tion efforts focused on improving health beyond the absence of disease.

Key words: Quality, salutogenesis, health, systems

PDF of Article

Be Well’r,

Craig M. Becker, PhD

Lets all make life more livable for all by generating comprehensive benefits by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

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2 Responses

  1. I do believe the first sentence of the article sums it up “Although the western world is the most technologically advanced civilization to date, it is also the most addicted, obese, medicated, and in-debt adult population in history.” and honestly I see it only getting worse in the future. I believe the world will fall into two categories, those who do and those who don’t and undfortunateky the don’t’s will have it.

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    • In other words, we have a tremendous opportunity to make things better and a strong desire. We must remember, things are fine, nothing is wrong, that is just our current state. Our only choice – do what we can to make things better, or don’t. The work I am doing clearly shows if we make efforts to generate comprehensive benefits but creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits – things improve. Much is possible. We cannot move forward if we focus on what is wrong, our site must be toward what could be and our thoughts about how to make it happen.

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