Behavioral Health




Primaryprevention reduces risks and prevents the onset of given diseasesthrough interventions. Secondary prevention entails the measure andprocedures used detect and reduce the impacts of a disease. Tertiaryprevention seeks to mitigate the impacts of an ongoing injury orillness. The definition of primary prevention in the health servicehas lost its meaning as most risk factors in disease prevention aretermed as diseases. Although tertiary prevention based on diagnosisand treatment of is the most prevalent in the society, primaryprevention methods should be adopted because they reduce the cost andimpact of diseases.

Theperspective of prevention has changed with time from inhibition tointerventions that avert the progression of an ailment. Tertiaryprevention techniques are the most commonly used methods in thehealth care practice because it entails the treatment of a diseasesymptoms with the aim of stopping death or progression (Young,Saunders &amp Olsen, 2010). The rising cost of health care hascompelled policy makers to identify to seek for alternative cheapermedical means. Although interventions reduce health care spending,most people seek preventive measures after the onset of an ailment.As a result, tertiary prevention that focuses on patients withdeveloped diseases is commonly practiced. Research in the medicalsector focuses on diagnosis and treatment of diseases whileoverlooking the importance of clinical promotion of patients’overall health (Katz &amp Ali, 2009). Treatment and diagnosis ofailments remains to be the core aspect in the health care system withhigh prominence on enhancement and preservation of health.

Primaryprevention is the most beneficial and cost effective practice thatshould be incorporated in the daily practice of health professionals(Katz &amp Ali, 2009). Preventive measure such as social programsand awareness enhances safety and reduces cases of ailments. Inaddition, secondary prevention success is highly influenced by theprimary measures taken to prevent the disease.


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