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Consumer Health

 to develop a person’s ability to evaluate and utilize health information, products,


and services wisely and effectively.

Consumer Health Education


 is the study of products and services that have an effect on health and decisions
on how to spend time and money.
 includes a wide selection of health products, services, and agencies concerned
with the control of these products and services, evaluation of quackery and
health misconception, health careers and even insurances.

Health Information
 is an idea that we hear from people around us, read from books and other printed
materials, or from the media that influence our health (any concept, step, or
advice that various sources give to aid the health status of an individual). Health
information plays a big role in the life of individuals.

“It is information that people require to make wise choices


and decisions about their health or the health of other
people” (Galvez Tan, et al., 2009)

 The type of information varies depending on “diseases, sexual health, weight


loss/gain, drugs and alcohol, depression/mental illness, violence, smoking,
eating disorders, acne/skincare, local clinics, and sexual assault (Payne, et al.,
2005).
 The info. is critical as it may alter the health conditions of a person. Another
important characteristic of health info. is that it continuously and rapidly
changing. Thus, it should be timely, relevant, culturally appropriate, accessible,
and delivered in a relevant format (Galvez Tan, et al., 2009). Update oneself
regarding current research and evidence available in the field.

Health Products
 are items that we consume to improve our well- being, like medicine, food,
clothes, furniture, electronics, etc.

Health Services
 are programs we avail from various providers such as physicians, nurses,
therapists, health workers, hospitals, clinics, and the government.
 are often connected to healthcare.
 aim to appraise the health conditions of individuals through screening and
examinations, cure and treat disorders
 prevent and control the spread of diseases
 provide safety, emergency care, and first aid
 ensure a follow-up to a program for individuals who have undergone treatments.

Fraudulent Practice
 is the act of involving deception. In health care fraud, it’s committed when a
dishonest provider or consumer intentionally submits or causes someone else to
submit, false or misleading information for use in determining the amount of
health care benefits payable.
Misleading Act
 is the act of giving the wrong idea or impression. Being misleading is being
deceptive.
 We can almost see it everywhere in advertisements in any forms such as in
television, social media, and even outside our houses.
 This is used by businessmen to gain more viewers to buy their product despite
putting their health at risk.

Inferior Goods and Services


 those whose demand decreases when consumer income rises or demand rises
when consumer income decreases unlike normal goods, for which the opposite
is observed.

People acquire health info and products from people, media, and technology.
It is important to identify the reliability of these sources. Reliable sources of health information and products are licensed
professionals who took up specialized and intensive studies in the field. They are the ones who have the qualified
educational background and can give a scientific explanation to validate info. We can also find reliable health info from
health books, and accredited online sources.

Activity 5: LET’S GO
BACK
 Read the following information
 Identify reliable and unreliable sources of health information and products
 Complete the table

Sources of Health
Information and Products

RELIABLE UNRELIABLE