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Human Disease and Health Promotion

Leslie Beale

ISBN: 978-1-118-23413-6 March 2017 Jossey-Bass 480 Pages


The essential tools and methodologies for real-world patient education

Human Disease and Health Promotion offers a comprehensive introduction to health advocacy and patient education in a real-world context. Covering the epidemiology and pathology of major communicable and non-communicable diseases, this book details up-to-date health promotion strategies and communication approaches designed to engage diverse populations. These methodologies can inform health promotion efforts.

You'll learn how to partner with the patient to navigate healthcare systems and services and how to manage the relationship to avoid patient dependence and advocate burn-out. An extensive guide to common diseases includes details on mechanism, treatment, epidemiology, pathology, and attendant psychosocial implications, and prevention and control are emphasized to the degree that the patient has the capacity to obtain, process, and understand the information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Rich in examples, tools, and exercises, this text includes access to a downloadable workbook that provides additional exercises to reinforce concepts and build essential practical skills.

Public health education and advocacy is an enormous undertaking with many variables. This book helps provides a real-world picture of the depth and breadth of the field, with clear guidance toward current theory and practice.

  • Apply current health literacy theories and participatory patient education strategies
  • Design, implement, and evaluate programs targeting various groups
  • Analyze and apply new technologies in patient education and health advocacy
  • Understand the mechanisms, treatments, and epidemiology of common diseases

Nine out of ten adults may lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease, and over half find it a challenge to self-manage chronic diseases and use health services appropriately. Human Disease and Health Promotion helps you develop your role as health educator and advocate so you can connect patients with the care and information they need.

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Introduction vii

Preface ix

About the Author xi

Part 1: Foundations of Human Health and Health Promotion 1

Chapter 1 Overview of Health 3

Chapter 2 Overview of Western Medical Practices 15

Chapter 3 Overview of Chronic Diseases 31

Chapter 4 Fundamentals of Culturally Competent Health Care 47

Chapter 5 Health Behavior and Patient Self-Management 65

Chapter 6 Health Literacy 83

Chapter 7 Communication Skills for Health Care Providers 101

Chapter 8 Patient Navigators and Patient Self-Advocacy 119

Chapter 9 Basics of Disease and Diagnosis 135

Part 2: Human Diseases from a Systemic Approach 159

Chapter 10 Immune System and Related Diseases 161

Chapter 11 Endocrine System and Related Diseases 183

Chapter 12 Nervous System, Sensory System, and Related Diseases 203

Chapter 13 Cardiovascular System and Related Diseases 227

Chapter 14 Blood and Related Diseases 251

Chapter 15 Respiratory System and Related Diseases 275

Chapter 16 The Digestive System and Related Diseases 299

Chapter 17 Urinary System, Male Reproductive System, and Related Diseases 323

Chapter 18 Female Reproductive System and Related Diseases 345

Chapter 19 Musculoskeletal System and Related Diseases 369

Chapter 20 Integumentary System and Related Diseases 391

Chapter 21 The Brain and Mental Health Disorders 415

Index 441