Health is not only the absence of disease but also the presence of wellness. Wellness can be developed and promoted in many ways. Research has demonstrated the positive impact of sleep, mindset training, nutrition, recovery, and flow states on overall wellbeing and the ability of humans to reach optimal performance.
My experience in the health care system, both as a provider and a receiver of care, have led me to believe that not enough attention is given to the wellness of both patients and providers. In order to optimize the value of health care provided to consumers, particularly in the challenging times in which we live, I am convinced that combining medical knowledge and treatment with emerging understanding of the various areas of wellness is essential, not only for patients but for providers as well.
This combination will be greater than the sum of its parts and will hopefully lead to improvements in health, wellbeing, and outcomes following health care interventions.