Medical progress comes from a long history of development and discovery. For instance, in the Civil War Era doctors developed just enough knowledge to keep patients alive. And while they would’ve wanted to also improve a patient’s quality of life, they didn’t always have the tools necessary to do so.
Engagement - it means different things to different people at different times. To some in healthcare it’s an elaborate version of patient education. For others it simply means improving the patient experience.
The more psychologists probe the depths of human behavior, the more we realize how complex the human psyche is. For instance, people act on principles they value and believe, and their choices are also highly motivated by emotions, circumstances, and current mental state. Plus, physiological changes can alter all of the previously mentioned factors.
Humankind is constantly innovating new solutions to old problems - a pen and ink instead of a chisel and stone. We call these innovations technology. Going back as far as recorded history, technology has shaped nations, politics, and the world as we know it today.
Whole-person care broadly covers the emotional aspects of health as well as social and economic barriers to well-being. Not surprisingly, in the midst of all the information about holistic effectiveness, there are misconceptions about this type of wellness.
Whole-person care is somewhat of a controversial topic these days. Connotations of employee wellness programs gone wrong and images of snake oil salesmen may come to mind for many - both patients and healthcare providers.
When it comes to behavior change, patients face countless influences - both from within and from without. These external and internal factors create a wide spectrum of challenges in developing better habits.
Human beings are complex. Not only do we have a physical and emotional side, but all facets of our being are intertwined with each other. The emotional state affects the mental, and the mental influences the physical, and so on and so forth. Psychologists have grappled with these human complexities for centuries, proposing many theories along the way.
Health care has traditionally been focused on treating the disease. Even today, chronic disease patients have access to treatments and interventions that can lengthen their lives.
While much is being written on the topic, the concept of whole person wellness is hard to define. Some refer to it as “quality of life.” Others refer to it as the presence of positive emotions or moods and even satisfaction with life.