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Prophylaxis (Greek "προφυλάσσω" to guard or prevent beforehand) is any medical or public health procedure whose purpose is to prevent, rather than treat or cure a disease. Roughly, prophylactic measures are divided between primary prophylaxis (to prevent the development of a disease) and secondary prophylaxis (whereby the disease has already developed and the patient is protected against worsening of this process).

Examples

Some specific examples of prophylaxis of relevence to psychologists include:

See also

References

  1. Lars Bo Andersen et al. (Jun 2000). All-cause mortality associated with physical activity during leisure time, work, sports, and cycling to work.. Arch Intern Med. 160 (11): 1621–8.


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