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NUR101 Mod 1/C

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Health Literacy Ability of individuals to understand basic health information and to use that information to make good decisions about their health.
Acute Illness Occurs suddenly, Lasts a limited time
Chronic Illness Last for 6 months or longer, Characterized by intensifying or improving symptoms
Remission Minimal symptoms or complete absence of symptoms
Exacerbation periods of worsening of symptoms
Prodromal Phase Before symptoms develop, patient may not feel good
Symptomatic Phase Observable symptoms, sore throat, fever, person treats their self
Seeking Help Phase Person seeks medical help or depending on culture a healer or herbalist, then must decide if they are going to take the advice
Dependency Phase A person relies on others for diagnosis and treatment They also rely on other to do their work and household duties
Recovery Phase the person is slowly able to resume to dependency and regain health
Non-modifiable risk factors Gender, age, heredity/genetics
Modifiable risk factors can be eliminated or made better such as obesity, smoking, HTN, stress
Stress Nonspecific response of body to any demand made on it
Stressor stress inducing event, can be physical, emotional, pleasant or unpleasant
Adaptation Ability to positively adjust to changes that occur in an individual’s world
Negative Stressor has potential to cause harm. Examples: physical illness, disease, death of family member
Positive Stressor events that although welcomed may be viewed as stressful, Examples: marriage, job change, graduation
Denial Disregard for reality
Repression unconscious process for barring conscious thought of painful, disagreeable thoughts, experiences or impulses
Dissociation separation and detachment of emotional significance and affect from an idea or situation
Rationalization constructing plausible reasons to explain and justify one’s behavior
Compensation making up for a deficiency in one area by excelling in or emphasizing another
Reaction formation- conscious behavior that reflects an emotion opposite to the emotion actually felt
Regression exhibition of behavior, thoughts, or feelings used at an earlier stage of development
Sublimation the discharge of sexual or aggressive energy and impulses in a socially acceptable way
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