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Advances in Preventive Medicine
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 798971, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/798971
Review Article

“HealthOmeter”: An Aid in Advancing Preventive Medicine Media Revolution

Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, 58185 Linköping, Sweden

Received 15 August 2015; Accepted 29 October 2015

Academic Editor: Jim Tartaglia

Copyright © 2015 Erik Trell. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Subjective wellbeing is an important issue on the preventive medicine and political agenda and for mutual communication, information, and interaction in society and its individuals “requires new tools for measuring phenomena previously believed unmeasurable, as well as conceptual frameworks for interpreting such measurements…considering both happiness and misery.” The task is difficult, however, due to the great span of parameters and variables of age and gender, settings, socioeconomic conditions, wellness and illness, activities and functions, roles and habits, thoughts and feelings, and experiences and expectations involved over the panorama. HealthOmeter is a clinically tested and validated instrument with design and capacity in distinct coherent chapters to meet the new measurement and interpretation demands both contentwise and operationwise. Over the range of subjective and objective health it enables, in a uniform normalized layout in quintile balance between positive and negative, an all-round self-assessment and counsel in multimedia, preferably computer/mobile app distribution including storage, collation, and follow-up in full integrity and secrecy on the individual and aggregated level.