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Supporting positive dimensions of health, challenges in mental health care
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9753-0988
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 6, no 2, 7126- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper will explore two contrasting paradigms in mental health care and their relationship to evidence-based practice. The biomedical perspective of pathogenesis and the health perspective of salotogenesis are two major diverse views in mental health care. Positive dimensions of health are traditionally viewed as software not suitable for statistical analysis, while absence of symptoms of disease are regarded as measurable and suitable for statistical analysis and appropriate as a foundation of evidence-based practice. If the main goal of mental health care is to enhance subjectively experienced health among patients, it will not be sufficient to evaluate absence of symptoms of disease as a measure of quality of care. The discussion focuses on the paradox of evidence-based absence of illness and disease versus subjectively experienced health and well-being as criterions of quality of care in mental health care.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Järfälla: CoAction Publishing, 2011. Vol. 6, no 2, 7126- p.
Keyword [en]
Health, mental health care, patogenes, salutogenes
National Category
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-15128DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v6i2.7126ISI: 000290795000006PubMedID: 21637739Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84859361548OAI: diva2:418804
Available from: 2011-05-26 Created: 2011-05-24 Last updated: 2017-12-19Bibliographically approved

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