When dealing with adult health, there will be different issues that come to the forefront. For example you have to account for the fact that they have a free will and can decide not to come to the treatment sessions. You will also need to understand that the types of illnesses that affect adults are different from the ones that you might find among children.
They also require a slightly different education process if they are going to change their lifestyles in order to have different outcomes. The adult health units within the hospitals will operate independently from the pediatric units. There are practical and safety considerations that go into this particular decision. In this article we look at the main strands of adult health:
1. The adult health policy has to concentration on health promotion. This means that people actively go out of their way to improve their health chances rather than just waiting for disease to affect them before they join the health movement. In fact the USA is using this method to reduce the final bill that their national health service has to deal with. It is important that this is one of the strands that have to be followed even after the patient has been treated.
2. There has to be a strategy for prevention. It is far cheaper to prevent an illness than to treat it. This means that inoculation has to be part of the program and there has to be a concentration on the different opportunities for halting the progress of diseases. The preventative measures will cost considerably less than the treatment programs that may require international assistance. It is imperative that the health managers encourage parents to immunize their children with safe methods. There has been some worry about the contents of some of these immunizations but generally they help to prevent diseases.
3. Where the adult health has been compromised then intervention has to be an option. This might involve the participation of the adult social work department if the person is incapable of making a decision on their own. The intervention has to address the health problem without causing too much disruption and harm to the patient. Consultation is the key to ensuring that the adult health program is implemented without too much distraction.
4. The wishes of the adult have to be considered when making health decisions that concern them. If they have the mental capacity to make a decision about their health program then they need to be consulted. At the end of the day they might even be able to override the advice of the medical professionals. This is what choice entails for adults that interact with the health system.
5. The adult health strategy has to become local. The national strategies are effective but they do not have the same impact as the localized interventions that deal with specific problems that are affecting the community. Tertiary institutions only intervene in serious cases under this system.