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Chapter 2

Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing

acute illness an illness that develops suddenly and resolves in a short time
chronic illness an illness that develops slowly, can be controlled, but cannot be cured. It is long-lasting.
congenital present at birth
convalescence the process of recovering after an illness and regaining health
defense mechanisms
disease pathologic process that causes illness
etiology cause
health a relative state in which one is able to function well physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually in order to express the full range of ones unique potentialities within the environment in which one is living.
health literacy
idiopathic illness for which there is no cause
illness disease of the body or mind
primary illness one that develops without being caused by another health problem
secondary illness results from or is caused by the primary illness
subjective perceived only by the individual
terminal illness illness for which there is no cure and ends in death
wellness physical and mental well-being
Created by: mrscolantuono