A compendium of factsheets: wellbeing across the lifecourse: wellbeing – why it matters to health: a summary of key points

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
6 February 2014
Social Policy, Health Services
Social welfare
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These factsheets give a flavour of some of the important issues and relationships between wellbeing and health throughout someone’s life. For health professionals, understanding the different parts of personal wellbeing may offer insights into how their own work fits into a wider context and how what they do can influence wellbeing. The evidence is largely from published, peer reviewed documents and each factsheet provides references for readers wishing to follow up the literature in more detail. The documents have all been peer reviewed by independent experts.

This factsheet includes the keypoints of the other factsheets in the wellbeing across the lifecourse series. These are: starting well; developing well; living well; working well; ageing well; social relationships are key to wellbeing; wellbeing is part of the public health agenda; wellbeing of staff working in the health service can affect service delivery; the UK ranks mid-table internationally; and interventions can improve wellbeing.

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