Moving from theory to praxis on the fly: Introducing a salutogenic method to expedite mental health care provision in disaster situations

Golembiewski, Jan A. (2012) Moving from theory to praxis on the fly: Introducing a salutogenic method to expedite mental health care provision in disaster situations. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 27(2), pp. 42-47.

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Abstract

Not a lot is known about most mental illness. Its triggers can rarely be established and nor can its aetiological dynamics, so it is hardly surprising that the accepted treatments for most mental illnesses are really strategies to manage the most overt symptoms. But with such a dearth of knowledge, how can worthy decisions be made about psychiatric interventions, especially given time and budgetary restrictions?

This paper introduces a method, extrapolated from Salutogenics; the psycho-social theory of health introduced by Antonovsky in 1987. This method takes a normative stance (that psychiatric health care is for the betterment of psychiatric patients), and applies it to any context where there is a dearth of workable knowledge. In lieu of guiding evidence, the method identifies reasonable alternatives on the fly, enabling rational decisions to be made quickly with limited resources.

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ID Code: 84771
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1324-1540
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NEUROSCIENCES (110900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 14 Jun 2015 23:58
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 23:29

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