Target Audience

The course is aimed at educators in primary care who are involved in teaching at the university or practice level. We expect that both experienced teachers and those at the beginning of their educational careers will find the course useful.


Health is an important value in our society and medicine has an important role to play in preserving and restoring health. However, there are trends in society, like healthism, that place disproportionate emphasis on health using both lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and the resources of medicine, such as medication and surgery, in order to express this. In this course, we will attempt to define a balanced view of health and disease in order to help doctors cope with the unbalanced demand for health at all costs in their practices. We will stress the importance of this topic in the education of medical students and trainees.


At the end of this course the learner will be able to design a teaching module on the tyranny of health in family medicine.

Specific objectives of the course

At the end of the course the learner will:


Be able to identify and define the types of healthism encountered in the practice in family medicine.


Be able to identify and define the role of quaternary prevention in teaching and practicing family medicine.


Be able to list the harms of healthism.


Be able to list the strategies used to cope with healthism.


Be able to teach an approach to healthism to students and trainees.


Value the need for a balanced view of health and disease in family medicine.