Glossary Post 1

Here are a few terms that I find to be useful in terms of consumer health, which I found while researching for my birth and early life post.

Evidence-based:  “the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective programs and policies in public health through application of principles of scientific reasoning, including systematic uses of data and information systems, and appropriate use of behavioral science theory and program planning models. ” (Ross et. al, 2003)

I found this term on the birth slides in the class resources. I did know this word before this class, but not in the context of public health. It is of up-most importance for consumers to make health-related decisions based on what is in their best interest. For this reason, it is important for them to have access to information that takes all appropriate information into account. This includes risk factors, scientific studies, and data.

Cost-sharing: “The share of costs covered by your insurance that you pay out of your own pocket. This term generally includes deductibles, coinsurance, and co-payments, or similar charges, but it doesn’t include premiums, balance billing amounts for non-network providers, or the cost of non-covered services. Cost sharing in Medicaid and CHIP also includes premiums.” (Cost Sharing, n.d.)

I have come across this term a few times so far, as this is only my second quarter studying public health. I most recently came across it when doing my research for my early life prompt. I think this term is important, because it is a very common word used in the context of health care, and the definition can be confusing for many consumers.

Preconception:  Occurring before fertilization of an ovum, as in genetic counseling.” (Preconeption, 2009)

I came across the medical meaning of the term while studying the birth slides. It stuck in my mind, because I know the word under a different meaning. The second definition of preconception in the Medical Dictionary is: “An idea or belief held before analysis or investigation,” which is what the meaning that I have always associated with the word. This is important in the context of consumer health because those doing their research on induction technology may not know the medical definition of this word, and knowing it will likely make their research a lot less confusing.


Brownson, Ross C., Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Leet, and Kathleen N. Gillespie, Editors. Evidence-Based Public Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Cost Sharing. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Pearson, R. (2016). Consumer Health: Birth, Birth Options, Maternal-Child Consumer Issues [PowerPoint Slides]. Retrieved from chrome-extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/app.html

Preconception. (2009). In Medical Dictionary . Retrieved from



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