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Definitions of health and wellbeing

The terms ‘health’ and ‘wellbeing’ have been defined in many different ways. What contributes to a sense of health and wellbeing? Generally, if someone is said to be in good health, we mean they are in a good and emotional condition, without suffering from an illness or injury. The World Health (WHO) defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of or infirmity’.

The term ‘wellbeing’ covers a wider range of aspects of the human experience. Wellbeing refers to how content, happy, and comfortable someone is – are they doing well physically, emotionally, socially, and psychologically? Are all their needs being met? Are they flourishing and functioning? Since there is a need to look at someone's social and emotional state too, considering health and wellbeing goes beyond just looking at an individual’s health. Being in a state of health is not just about the absence of disease.

In health and social care, the acronym ‘PIES’ is often used to capture the different elements that contribute towards someone’s wellbeing, and it stands for:

  • This acronym is really useful for taking a holistic approach towards health and wellbeing.

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