Defining Medical Wellness
Fall 2003 Medical Wellness
Before a new
discipline or profession develops standards, it
should have a clear conceptual definition.
The Medical Wellness
to help integrate the field of medical wellness
by defining appropriate industry guidelines and
healthcare environment requires an integrative
approach to medical care. Increasing medical
costs threaten the economic vitality of
healthcare options and limit the choices for
both providers and patients. Many people are
striving for optimal health and wellness. They
realize medical science can prolong their lives,
but they also want to live well and be healthy
throughout their entire lives.
According to the World Health Organization,
health is defined as a state of optimal
well-being, not merely the absence of disease
and infirmity. There have been many terms used
to describe wellness. These include optimal
health, health promotion and total health.
Optimal well-being requires the balancing of
lifestyle and health related dimensions of the
whole person. These dimensions of health include
physical, mental, emotional, environmental,
spiritual and social components. The
ever-developing field of medical wellness is
serving the need of helping individuals improve
their health through the process of wellness
practices and medical science.
is the practice of health and medical care
relating to wellness outcomes.
The more specific
definition of medical wellness is: an
approach to delivering health care that
considers multiple influences on a person's
health and consequently multiple modalities for
treating and preventing disease as well as
promoting optimal well-being.
healthcare providers through medical and
wellness practitioners working together. Whether
you are a physician, therapist, allied health
professional or wellness practitioner, medical
wellness can provide real solutions for today's
changing healthcare environment.