Syncretic health interpretation in the context of its social economic knowledge

Dmytro Georgiyovych Shushpanov


For all period of the existence of humanity the health interpretation issues have been one of the most important and urgent ones. Attempts to determine this concepr have been made by ordinary people, as well as by scholars and practitioners. The article gives critical analysis and synthesis of different health interpretations over the last half-century that have been proposed by domestic and foreign scholars. The evolution of the health interpretations has varied with changes in social structure and social economic environment. So far, there is a significant syncretic interpretation of health: researchers can not conclude whether a health is a condition or a process, a piece of property or even a sales item.Evidently, there is not a universal answer. Such situation is connected with the fact that health is the object of study for many sciences. For some of them it is one of the main objects (medicine), for others – a minor (sociology, philosophy, demography, economics, etc.). However, it is proved that in the 40's and 60's of the XX century most researchers interpreted "health" as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in 1948 as it has been proposed to define the concept health by World Health Organization. Further research has showed that health is not something static, but rather dynamic, so it should be treated as a dynamic equilibrium or a process. Recent studies have defined "health" as an opportunity or possibility to adopt in the community, a resource for work. Understanding the concept of "health" under the development of the particular society is a very important position with the formation of policy priorities in the health sector. In this context, it has been investigated the feasibility of a new concept in the treatment of health – salutogenic one. It has been proposed the author’s opinion of the “health” definition in the socio-economic interpretation.


care; treatment; condition; process; resource; salutogenesis; survivability

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