Benchmark – human experience across the health-illness continuum
The health-illness continuum allows healthcare professionals to promote dignity, value, and serve people in ways that encourage human flourishing. This approach focuses on the overall wellbeing of an individual instead of just physical health; it recognizes that mental, spiritual and social factors all play a role in an individual’s wellbeing. By taking a holistic approach to care, healthcare providers can create treatment plans that are tailored to an individual’s specific needs.
Healthcare providers can also recognize and appreciate differences when providing care. This allows healthcare providers to see each patient as a whole person and not just their disease. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to incorporate religious and cultural beliefs into their care plans.
This is a model that health care workers can use to provide greater support for those who are under their care. By recognizing the dignity and worth of every patient, we can ensure everyone is receiving quality compassion that leads to positive outcomes. Understanding continuum is crucial to ensuring people flourish at their highest potential.