Advancing the Development and Understanding of Patient-Based Outcomes in Persons With Aphasia The biopsychosocial conceptualization of health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease” (World Health Organization [WHO], 1958, p. 2) has significantly influenced the manner in which health states are described and health care interventions are evaluated. This broader conceptualization of ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2005
Advancing the Development and Understanding of Patient-Based Outcomes in Persons With Aphasia
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  • Patrick J. Doyle
    Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Article   |   December 01, 2005
Advancing the Development and Understanding of Patient-Based Outcomes in Persons With Aphasia
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2005, Vol. 15, 7-11. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.4.7
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2005, Vol. 15, 7-11. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.4.7
The biopsychosocial conceptualization of health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease” (World Health Organization [WHO], 1958, p. 2) has significantly influenced the manner in which health states are described and health care interventions are evaluated. This broader conceptualization of health called attention to two important attributes of the construct. First, it emphasized that health is multidimensional in nature and minimally comprises physical, mental, and social components. Second, it stressed that health must be understood not only in terms of observable pathophysiological and symptom status indicators that mark the presence of “disease,” but also in terms that reflect individuals’ subjective appraisals of how well they function in their daily lives and their sense of “well-being.”
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