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URL :  Holistic Health Care - What is it, and how can we achieve it?
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Author : Derick T Wade
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2009 | PDF | 582 Kb | 35 pages

eBook License: Public Access from https://www.semanticscholar.org/

This paper develops a systematic and logically consistent model of holistic healthcare. Holism refers to an approach to health which acknowledges that health depends upon many interrelated components which interact in such a way that the overall effect constitutes health (or illness). The current understanding of illness is, in contrast, linear and reductionist. It assumes that all illness starts with a disorder within the body causing bodily symptoms that lead on to disability and restrictions on social life. This is the biomedical model.

This paper demonstrates that this model is flawed in several ways: the underlying assumptions are false, it cannot ex-plain functional (so-called non-organic) illnesses which are common, and it does not lead to well-managed healthcare systems.

The biopsychosocial approach to illness is then explored, with a detailed description of one specific model based on the model underlying the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning.(From Author)

eBook Contents

Introduction - Models of Illness - Current Model of Illness - A Holistic Model of Illness - What Is Illness? - Is the Holistic Model Valid? - Improving Patient Care - Conclusion
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