Hey everyone! 8)) I can’t help but respond from the perspective of a health educator. It is part of my skill set.
May I share something with you all so that you might understand my internal frame of reference?
Many years ago I read a book named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. One of those habits was “seek first to understand, then be understood.” The foundation for “seek first to understand, then be understood” empathic communication.
Stephen Covey stated that empathic communication is powerful because “it give you accurate data to work with. instead of projecting [my] own autobiography and assuming thoughts, feelings, motives and interpretation, you’re dealing with the reality inside another person’s head and heart You’re listening to understand. You’re focusing on receiving the deep communication of another human soul.”
It is with the above internal frame of reference that I respond to the discussion question.
I believe if “lay people” have an idea how a clinician “operationalizes” a word or a term and the clinician understands how the layperson is “operationalizing” the word or term, it can serve to be a preventive measure in reducing the likelihood of me or my audience “assuming thoughts, feelings, motives and interpretations.”
When I share my head and my heart, it is my hope that you will not have to guess about my position… As such here is how I am operationalizing “prevention” for the sake of this conversation as per Taber’s Medical Dictionary:
Primary prevention: Limiting the spread of illness to previously unaffected patients or populations.
Primary prevention (nursing): Nursing care aimed at general health promotion. This included whatever intervention is required to provide a health-promoting environment at home, in the schools, in public places, and in the workplace by ensuring good nutrition, adequate clothing, and shelter, rest and recreation, and health education (including sex education, and for the aging, realistic plans for retirement). Changes in lifestyle through behavior therapy, though difficult, must be attempted with respect to those areas known to represent major health risk factors (i.e., smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, improper diet, alcohol and drug abuse, etc.
Secondary prevention: Limiting the impact or the recurrence of an illness in patients already afflicted with it.
Tertiary prevention: Nursing care for patients with incurable diseases, and patients instruction concerning how to manage those conditions and diseases. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and cancer are conditions the lend themselves to tertiary prevention. The goal is to prevent further deterioration of physical and mental function, and to have the patient use whatever residual function is available for maximum enjoyment of and participation in life’s activities. Rehabilitation is an essential part of tertiary prevention.
I hope that give you all a peek into how I operationalize “prevent” “prevention” “prevention” in my world.