Four years ago, I completed a tender document for an automotive company looking for a partner to deliver a strand of work entitled Health & Leadership. If I am honest, most tender documents I find quite tedious to plough through, so it was interesting to come across a word that I had never heard before. The word was salutogenesis and this word has now become an essential theme in what Optima-life delivers.
So what does it mean? In a nutshell, salutogenesis can be described as the actions that allow people to be a bit better a bit more often. In the world of health, it is about actions that promote and improve rather than cure or prevent. Underpinning the actions is a philosophy that calls for comprehensibility, meaningfulness and manageability.
The table below shows the differences between a salutogenic approach and a pathogenic one.
In the western world, it seems that we have much more of a pathological approach to health. This may be driven by science, culture, demand and funding. I just wonder if we can encourage a salutogenic approach to be a bit more ‘mainstream’, not just with patients but with ourselves.
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