Health Care: The Holistic Approach

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Question for Essay Analyse and evaluate the job roles, skills and qualities of nurses, other professional carers and non-professional carers, working together to deliver effective health care to the patients. Health Care: The Holistic Approach It is noted that the holistic approach to health care places close emphasis on the patient as a whole, as it takes into consideration an individual’s emotional, physical intellectual, sociocultural and spiritual background, in managing health and illness. (Kenworthy, 2006). This assignment intends to briefly define holism; the philosophy of medical care that centres on relationships and interactions between parts of the whole, viewing the physical and mental aspects of life as being closely interconnected. Furthermore, the way in which the holistic approach is utilised when delivering healthcare to a patient, will be discussed. For clarification, a brief definition of roles, skills and qualities will be provided. Principally, the various roles, skills and qualities of the nurse, other professionals, and non professional carers will be examined, and how each contributes to delivering effective health care under this holistic approach Lastly, possible barriers to the effective delivery of care that could occur will be discussed. Possible scenarios will be given as examples on how the quality of care can become compromised due to the highlighted barriers, following this; possible solutions to these barriers will be considered. The Greek word holos originates the word ‘holistic’, as it means, “whole” (Kenworthy 2002). Holism and holistic health care look at the patient as a whole person, having unique and individual needs and circumstances, therefore exhibiting a need for tailored health care provision and support (Siviter, 2004). The holistic health care approach integrates the efforts of

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