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Purposes, Goals, and Well-Being

Eric J. Cassell

in The Nature of Healing

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195369052
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979103 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369052.003.0013
Purposes, Goals, and Well-Being

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The words of the title are defined and the reason they are a focus of healing is reemphasized. Function reaches from body to complex functions as in participation in family, community, etc. Examples are given of how to ask about goals and purposes and function with illustrative cases. Patients are described with examples. The patient as an arena for therapeutic action is described with examples. Also discussed are the important of observing patients and becoming aware of their problems with illness—e.g., loss of control; not discounting the personal effects of illness such as fear or isolation; and understanding that the person, thought, emotion, and bodily reactions are all one and that each provides an opportunity to act on the whole. Unless healing follows sickness caused by any pathophysiology into whatever aspect of the human condition it is found, it will not be true to the nature of sickness.

Keywords: purpose; goals; well-being; function; participation; description; person; suffering; healing

Chapter.  7158 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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