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This academic article presents the concept of ‘suffcient health’ and defnes it
using the philosophy of suffciency economy. The defnition of suffcient health according to
this philosophy is based on knowledge acquired through research and it is the defnition
that originates from the experience, opinions, and feelings of people in the Thai sociocultural context. According to the study, suffcient health is defned as involving (i)
healthiness; (ii) regular health check-ups; (iii) self-care; (iv) a self-suffcient life;
and (v) avoidance of risks.
This defnition constitutes a new body of academic knowledge that could enable
nurses and those with an interest in suffcient health to understand its concept based on
the philosophy of suffciency economy and in a way consistent with the Thai socio-cultural
context. Nurses are, therefore, recommended to apply this knowledge as a guide to their
caregiving plans in order to respond to people’s healthcare needs and increase their
chance of having sustainable health.
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