Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together


Caring For The Whole Person Adds to Quality of Life

posted by Linda Mintle

What if you went to your doctor’s appointment for your regular diabetes check up and did more than have your labs taken?

Instead…

A counselor talked to you about your support system at home and asked about other aspects of your life that impact your stress levels.

A nurse health educator asked about how you managed your injections and if you had the proper medicine.

A registered dietitian reviewed your meal plan and made suggestions to keep your glucose levels stable.

Sound good?

It’s all part of growing interest in helping patients with the quality of their lives. With less emphasis on the absence of disease and more emphasis on healthy living, the quality of life can be improved. When you feel better about your life, you tend to be hospitalized less and have fewer visits to the emergency room. Work improves and less medication is needed.

What’s not to love about this idea? It’s actually part of a bigger picture health care providers are beginning to embrace. it’s simple but powerful–attend to the whole person and people do better!

 



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