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Health and social services: living together apart

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Igitur, Utrecht Publishing & Archiving
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  • Editorial
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  • Economics
  • Medicine

Abstract

�� Editorial Health and social services: living together apart Unemployment, conflicts in the workplace, divorces, child rearing problems, lack of food, income and hous- ing accommodation, discrimination, a death in the family, the onset of a chronic disease, generational conflicts, trouble with the neighbours, violence and intimidation, they all belong to the category of social problems. These problems exist in a large variety. Finding out what causes the problem (unemployment? cultural factors? family related issues? working circum- stances?) and helping clients cope with these prob- lems is difficult: there are so many causes. It is the job of professionals in the social services to help clients signal the problem, to analyze the real causes and to find solutions or suggest coping strategies to deal with the social problems. Adaptation, running away, becoming aggressive, pray- ing to the Lord, being cynical, using alcohol or drugs and developing health problems: these are all coping mechanisms to deal with social problems. To specify what I mean by health problems, I am referring to issues such as high blood pressure, problems with the auto- immune system, stress symptoms, sleeping problems, depression, complaints about the digestive system, and so on. A lot of co-occurrence exists between social problems and health problems. However, there are social problems without health problems as well as health problems that exist without social problems. Health problems have their own etiology in the human body and their own causes when you take into con- sideration heredity, lifestyle and environment. Finding a diagnosis and offering therapy is difficult. It is the fob of doctors and other professionals of the health services. Because of the high co-incidence of health problems and social problems, many countries try to integrate health and social services at the level of primary health care. I refer also to the World Health Report from autumn 2008, which c

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