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Primary Prevention of Disease
A review of the methods, levels and cost effectiveness of the primary prevention of disease.
# 153073 | 1,291 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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The paper describes the manners of primary prevention that include preventing environmental exposure of disease agents, the improvement of human resistance to disease and an educational regime that diminishes risky behaviors. The paper looks at the ways primary prevention might be addressed in a community experiencing increasing levels of family violence and explains the reasons why a comprehensive health program should address all three levels of prevention. Finally, the paper demonstrates how addressing health concerns at the primary level of prevention is very cost effective and discusses how this means that it remains not simply a viable option, but a critical cog in the wheel of disease prevention.

Description of Primary Prevention
Ways Primary Prevention might be Addressed in a Community Experiencing Increasing Levels of Family Violence
Reasons why a Comprehensive Health Program should Address all Three Levels of Prevention
Is a Health Concern at this Level of Prevention Cost Effective?

From the Paper:

"The prevention of environmental exposure to disease causing agents is a pivotal measure in the primary prevention arsenal. At the top of the list would be sanitation measures both in the home and community. Sanitation measures extend to the handling of food in a safe manner as well as the eradication of places where vermin may hide and reproduce. These measures ensure that the water and food supply remains safe and uncontaminated by any waste or bacterial matter from these creatures.
"The use of condoms as a measure to reduce and prevent sexually transmitted infections can also be considered a primary prevention measure. This would be considered to be a health promotion type of preventive action. Health promotion activities are also useful for lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. In this regard health promotion provides the individual with information to make informed and educated choices about diet and behaviors that are within the purview of the individual.
"Additionally preventive measures can include the vaccination of the population against the flu and other viruses. Vaccination is a useful measure since it increases resistance to the virus and thus dramatically reduces the number of persons who would eventually contract the disease. Vaccination is also advanced as a preventative measure for cervical cancer."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Zulman, D.M., Vijan, S, Omenn, G. S.,&, Hayward, R. A.(2008). The relative merits of population-based and targeted prevention strategies. The Milbank Quarterly 86(4): 557- 580.

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