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The 'lifeworld’ of health and disease and the design of public health interventions

Kelly, Michael P. and Russo, Federica (2022) The 'lifeworld’ of health and disease and the design of public health interventions. UNSPECIFIED.

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In the middle the COVID-19 pandemic, we reflect ever more deeply about the nature of health and disease, and about how to design and implement effective public health interventions. For numerous diseases and conditions, as well as for COVID-19, our knowledge base is rich. We know a lot about the biology of the disease, and we have plenty of statistics that relate health to socio-economic factors. In this paper, we argue that we need to add a third dimension to this knowledge base, namely a thorough description of the lifeworld of health and disease, and of the mixed bio-social mechanisms that operate in it. We present the concepts of lifeworld and of mixed mechanisms, and then illustrate how they can be operationalized and measured. Finally, we explain their complementarity with the biological and statistical dimensions of health and disease for the design of public health interventions.


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Kelly, Michael P.
Russo, FedericaF.Russo@uva.nl0000-0002-1993-9697
Keywords: Mixed mechanisms, Public health, lifeworld, COVID-19
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Depositing User: Federica Russo
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2022 18:33
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2022 18:33
Item ID: 20431
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20431

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