Running Head: Professional Presence and Influence 1.
Professional Presence and Influence
Western Governors University
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Healing and health services are defined and acted upon in many different ways in the world today. Although in the United States we predominately focus on biomedicine or conventional health care practice, it is only one of many different types of healing. Thru time we have progressed between several different eras of healing. The first era being in the 1860’s which predominately looked at biomedicine type ...view middle of the document...
It is care that is preventive, predictive and personalized. It reunites the practioner with
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the patient and redevelops their relationship. With integrative medicine the key word is prevention. It is important to understand that if you take care of the body/mind and help it stay
healthy, there is little need for more expensive sometimes toxic or invasive treatments. (Wang, 2011)
Another popular type treatment modality is that from ERA I, the biomedical model of care. This model is known to be one of the oldest and most popular types; Biomedicine achieved its success by combating infectious disease promoting healthy child birth and child care and developing new surgical techniques. It works in treating the problem. Diseases are explained as abnormalities of genes caused by some sort of dysfunction. Once diagnosed treatment follows either by repairing, removing, attacking or modifying the problem. The biomedical model of illness and healing focuses purely on biological factors and excludes psychological environmental and social on goings in a patient’s life. In this model each illness had one underlying cause and once that is removed the patient will be healthy again. (Williams, 2014)
When looking at these two models it is easy to see the vast number of differences. Society is easily divided in those who want to hurry thru life, find a problem cure it and move on. Others in society want to be cared for not just a quick and easy non personal touch from a doctor. When looking at the Integrative model, it is this slowing down and looking at the whole picture, taking care of the whole patient, that draws its clients in. Patients do not want to be a statistic they want someone to sit and talk and look at the big picture instead of quickly writing a prescription
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to solve the problem. It empowers the patient to make life changes to be involved in their care instead of sitting back and waiting for a disease to happen. In recent years it has become over whelming clear that one flaws of the US health deliver system is its focus on the acute care, which goes hand in hand with the biomedicine model. Only a fraction of the US expenditure is spent on prevention and health promotion. This has given help to rise to the Integrative model. Allowing it to emerge as a cost effective remedy that can patch holes in the current health delivery system while keeping medical costs at bay. (Wang, 2011)
In today’s healthcare setting it is very easy as healthcare professional to form views and opinions based on our own life experiences. Over the years I have seen myself evolved into someone who believes in mind and body healing instead of conventional medicine. I have seen the over stressed over worked patient who has not cared for their...