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Article: Severe acute respiratory syndrome: a challenge for public health practice in Hong Kong

TitleSevere acute respiratory syndrome: a challenge for public health practice in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2003
PublisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/
Citation
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2003, v. 57 n. 9, p. 655-658 How to Cite?
AbstractSevere acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is now a global challenge affecting more than 8000 patients in different continents. The dictum of public health practice especially for infectious disease is 'prevention better than cure'. It is especially true for SARS as the treatment strategies remain diverse and experimental. Maintaining a healthy and hygienic environment can be one of the effective public health measures to combat infectious disease. The major challenge is that some of the most important public health measures are to be taken outside the health sector. The community also needs to be strengthened and equipped with the health skills to promote better health and hygiene. There is also the need to create a supportive environment conducive to health for long term sustainability. The WHO approach of promoting health through setting approach would be one possible solution to face the challenge. This paper will describe some of the public health initiatives in Hong Kong through 'setting approach' and 'community development model' in helping the society fight against SARS. With the emergence of SARS, this might be the time to globalise public health medicine as an important component of medical practice.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/53544
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.865
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.890
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dc.contributor.authorLee, Aen_HK
dc.contributor.authorAbdullah, ASMen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-03T07:22:47Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-03T07:22:47Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2003, v. 57 n. 9, p. 655-658en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0143-005Xen_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/53544-
dc.description.abstractSevere acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is now a global challenge affecting more than 8000 patients in different continents. The dictum of public health practice especially for infectious disease is 'prevention better than cure'. It is especially true for SARS as the treatment strategies remain diverse and experimental. Maintaining a healthy and hygienic environment can be one of the effective public health measures to combat infectious disease. The major challenge is that some of the most important public health measures are to be taken outside the health sector. The community also needs to be strengthened and equipped with the health skills to promote better health and hygiene. There is also the need to create a supportive environment conducive to health for long term sustainability. The WHO approach of promoting health through setting approach would be one possible solution to face the challenge. This paper will describe some of the public health initiatives in Hong Kong through 'setting approach' and 'community development model' in helping the society fight against SARS. With the emergence of SARS, this might be the time to globalise public health medicine as an important component of medical practice.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsJournal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Copyright © B M J Publishing Group.en_HK
dc.subject.meshPublic health practiceen_HK
dc.subject.meshSevere acute respiratory syndrome - epidemiology - prevention & controlen_HK
dc.subject.meshDisease outbreaksen_HK
dc.subject.meshHealth promotion - methodsen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong kong - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.titleSevere acute respiratory syndrome: a challenge for public health practice in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0143-005X&volume=57&issue=9&spage=655&epage=658&date=2003&atitle=Severe+acute+respiratory+syndrome:+a+challenge+for+public+health+practice+in+Hong+Kongen_HK
dc.identifier.emailAbdullah, ASM: asma@HKUCC.hku.hken_HK
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/jech.57.9.655en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid12933766-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC1732589-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-0042008031-
dc.identifier.hkuros84420-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000184853800007-

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