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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

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PADILLA BERNALDEZ, Javier. Prevention: can we still be friends?. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2019, vol.39, n.135, pp.159-175.  Epub Nov 11, 2019. ISSN 2340-2733.

Prevention has gone from being a specific approach in the field of some diseases to being a central value in discourses and the organization of health systems. However, prevention is not an absolute value without negative externalities, knowledge management problems or use of power, but its popularization and expansion have led to an increase in the drawbacks derived from inadequate risk management, population-level utilization of ethical values developed in the field of individual clinical ethics and the medicalization of daily life, more pronounced with the new paradigms arising from post-genomic medicine. This article tries to address the key risks of the preventive trend of health systems and highlight the aspects that should characterize the preventive activities of the coming decades.

Keywords : prevention; mental health; public health; quaternary prevention.

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