Quality (110) What does quality of care mean to you? (35)

7 July, 2021

What is health

(These are notes made during patient education sessions years ago)

"Health is a full expression and combination of mental, physical, social and spiritual activity, states, attributes and experience that enhances or do not diminish other's health. Health for all species of life is driven by evolved biological behaviour. Each individual and family's day to day life – eating, sleeping, ssocialising etc - and exercising incorporates healthy and unhealthy behaviours.

"Fitness is an abundance of health. Fitness results from practice and the exercise of physical, mental social and spiritual activities. Many diseases and illnesses derive from physical, mental, social and environmental inactivity and adverse environments. Fitness prevents the early onset of some of these diseases.

"Wellness is a positive subjective experience of life. Illness is a subjective or objective negative feeling or experience caused by internal or external factors.

"Life is the joint expression of DNA within its environment - conception, birth, growth, adolescence, adulthood, mating, living and dying determines our actions. Eating, shelter, warmth, drinking, communication and acceptance by human society are daily objectives in life."

Quality of healthcare is the most safe and effective utilization of knowledge, equipment, and other interventions by professionals, community and individuals to prevent disease, palliate or cure immediate disease and continyuing diseases and to promote and improve individual, community and planetary health. It is best planned and delivered in conjunction and partnership with patients and publics.

HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data. Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT gmail.com