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Health Care in the United States: Organization, Management, and Policy by Howard P. Greenwald

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CHAPTER 10
HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
• To appreciate the importance of prevention
• To review the scientific basis of prevention
• To understand how public health, medical care, and individual behavior can contribute to prevention
• To identify challenges in prevention
• To assess the cost-effectiveness of preventive interventions
• To anticipate the role that prevention may play in the future

THE APPEAL OF PREVENTION

The idea of prevention has natural appeal. No one wants to get sick. Avoidance of illness, with its physical discomfort, impairment of function, and potential threat to survival is a natural feature of human behavior. Clearly, prevention should play an important part in efforts to promote quality ...

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