LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2023 | Volume
: 14 | Issue : 1 | Page : 32-
The need for attention and reoptimization of preventive medicine to deal with the Coronavirus epidemic threats
Mousa Bamir1, Mina Ghasemi Moghadam2, Ali Masoud3, Reza Sadeghi4,
1 Scientometrics, Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Institute for Future Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
2 Health Foresight and Innovation Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
3 Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Institute for Future Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
4 Department of Public Health, Sirjan School of Medical Sciences, Sirjan, Iran
Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Institute for Future Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman
|How to cite this article:|
Bamir M, Moghadam MG, Masoud A, Sadeghi R. The need for attention and reoptimization of preventive medicine to deal with the Coronavirus epidemic threats.Int J Prev Med 2023;14:32-32
|How to cite this URL:|
Bamir M, Moghadam MG, Masoud A, Sadeghi R. The need for attention and reoptimization of preventive medicine to deal with the Coronavirus epidemic threats. Int J Prev Med [serial online] 2023 [cited 2023 Mar 26 ];14:32-32
Available from: https://www.ijpvmjournal.net/text.asp?2023/14/1/32/371954
According to the WHO, preventive medicine means empowering people to control the determinants of health at three levels of individual, community, and environmental, to achieve complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Preventive medicine has three components. This includes the following: guiding people to what they need to do to stay healthy, believing that the benefits of prevention outweigh the disadvantages, and finally believing that its recommendations are correct. Preventive medicine aims to eliminate the disease, either by preventing the disease or by stopping the disease and preventing its incidence. COVID-19 epidemic highlighted the importance of early diagnosis, action, and strengthening of public health systems, of which preventive medicine is one of the most critical tools to address such a need.
Although vaccination against Covid-19 is being performed worldwide, scientific evidence shows that some injectable vaccines are not completely safe and effective. For this reason, it is necessary to use preventive measures before contracting the coronavirus, including the use of masks, etc.
Due to the increasing threat of Covid-19 and the uncertainty of treatment and vaccination, an efficient, sensitive, and cost-effective solution is needed to improve health promotion by taking preventive measures and using preventive medicine. Preventive medicine is significant by implementing a set of health promotion strategies that can change the way a disease is controlled. Here, the authors suggest possible tools for promoting and paying more attention to preventive medicine based on scientific documentation. First, strengthening the curricula of preventive medicine and expanding the employment of graduates in this field in the health system. Second, continuous training of health system forces with the concepts, importance, and preventive medicine techniques. Third, promote health literacy and a healthy family lifestyle. Finally, periodic checkups and physical examinations with complementary medicine and herbs are valuable options in the prevention, treatment, and management of symptoms in patients such as coronavirus.
Financial support and sponsorship
Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
|1||Santos P, Sá L, Couto L, Hespanhol A. Health literacy as a key for effective preventive medicine. Cogent Soc Sci 2017;3:1407522.|
|2||Sackett DL. The arrogance of preventive medicine. CMAJ 2002;167:363-4.|
|3||Clarke EA. What is preventive medicine? Can Fam Physician 1974;20:65-8.|
|4||Zeng W, Li G, Turbat V, Hu G, Ahn H, Shen J. Optimizing preventive medicine to bridge the gap between clinical medicine and public health for disease control in China: A lesson from COVID-19. Prev Med 2021;143:106324.|
|5||Kumar S, Saurabh MK, Maharshi V. Efficacy and safety of potential vaccine candidates against coronavirus disease 2019: A systematic review. J Adv Pharm Technol Res 2021;12:215-21.|