Caring for the Whole Person Empowered #patientchat Highlights

On Friday, January 26th, we hosted an Empowered #patientchat on what it means to care for the whole person. We were joined by special guest, Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme), who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1986 and works to raise awareness for diabetes as a speaker and writer. She does this via her blog and her position on the board of Patient Revolution.
Whole person care is defined as comprehensive coordinated care for the beneficiary resulting in better health outcomes. However, people and the healthcare system don’t always perceive patients as a collection of conditions, so we wanted to chat about it and see what the Empowered #patientchat community had to say, and these were the main takeaways:
  • All aspects of the patient should be considered including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
  • Care plans should fit into a patient’s life and their goals
  • Doctors should engage patients to understand their treatment goals, priorities and how they define QOL

Check out the full conversation below…