New Integrative Models of Health Care
Much current discussion of health care evolves around what the goal of care should be. This conversation is especially relevant for health and wellness professionals, particularly those who provide mind-body services. According to Institute of Medicine president Harvey Fineberg, professionals from diverse disciplines can create a new model of health-oriented care based on the following themes:
- an understanding that health is more than the absence of disease
- a recognition that health is influenced not only by physical or genetic factors but also by emotional, psychosocial, environmental and spiritual aspects
- a focus on health maintenance and disease prevention, as well as acute and chronic care
- an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration
- an acknowledgment of biologic variation and the need to treat individuals not statistical averages
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