||Holistic health education: Editorial.
||INDIAN J TB 1993, 40, 107-108.
The author emphasises the need to take a holistic
approach to health education. In India, changes in the curricula
of medical colleges have not gone far enough to change the prevalent
focus on disease and the attitudes and practices that go with it.
Some pragmatic social scientists have recognized that health education
is needed, not only for the general public, but for health administrators
and teachers of TB and chest diseases too, in order to change their
behaviour. Therefore, they suggest that to generate additional felt
need among the people, health education is needed only when the
existing felt needs of the people have been met and there is surplus
capacity left to meet the extra needs. This, then, is the need-based
cutting edge of health education.
|KEYWORDS: HEALTH EDUCATION; SOCIAL ATTITUDE; INDIA.