The Transformation of Healthcare: The Synergy Between Lifestyle Medicine and Whole Health
There is an urgent need to radically redesign our current health care system to a sytem that proactively manages risk and promotes well-being for the whole person. To make this systematic change to innovate health care delivery requires expansion of the current medical paradigm – which is historically predominantly disease-based and reactive—to one that is personalized, proactive, and patient-driven. A health care system that truly promotes healing is one that forges a partnership with patients and incorporates the self-care, holistic care, and remains person-centered.
It is not difficult to reflect on a time, either during one’s practice or one’s own experience of health care, when the typical medical model fell short—when a diagnostic and procedural approach failed to identify an issue, resolve the root of the problem, or move the person closer to their own goals for well-being. In response, healthcare professionals in America have begun to examine a more comprehensive, holistic approach to health care would serve us—as both practitioners and patients—better. How, then, do we get from the current state to this patient-driven model? How do the core elements of Whole Health and Lifestyle Medicine intersect to move to this patient driven model? The core elements of this approach, as well as the demonstrations underway, and lessons learned in the implementation of Whole Health in the VA will be discussed.
- Delineate the core drivers for the transformation of health care.
- Define the critical elements of a health care system that is designed to empower and equip people to optimize their health and well-being.
- Describe examples of current demonstrations of this approach and lessons learned.
- Delineate and describe the synergistic relationship between Lifestyle Medicine and Whole Health
CME/CNE/CE: 1.0 | CPE: 0.0