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Occupational health encounter as a healing encounter
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Optimal health
WHO: “a state of complete physical,
mental and social well being and not
merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
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Definition of health
Health = absence of disease + healthy
behaviours + healthy interaction with
environment
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What is healing
Healing is the process of recovery, repair
and return to wholeness – salutogenesis.
• Retain health (prevention)
• Process of recovery, repair, reintegration
and renewal from injury and illness
• Increase resilience, coherence and
wholeness
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• Involves whole person- physical, mental,
social, spiritual and environmental
• Unique personal and communal process
and experience
• Healing may or may not result in cure.
• Focus is on SELF CARE
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HEALING
Self-care
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CURE
Health-care
Illness-wellness
The illness-wellness continuum
Cure
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Healing
Components of healing
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Develop intention and awareness
Experience of wholeness
Relationship centered care
Health promotion with self care and
lifestyle skills
• Collaborative treatment
• Spiritual domain
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Intention and Awareness
• Intention- influence the motivation for
change, understanding and compliance
• Being fully present with positive intention
for another- perceived by other, enhance
healing
• Truly connect with intention we first have
to connect with ourselves
• Pt care start with ourselves
• MINDFULNESS
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Wholeness
• Health result of dynamic balance of biopsychosocial and spiritual influences
• Facilitate healing- develop insight into how
these factors are expressed in each
unique individual and ourselves
• Explore mind, body, emotions and spirit to
best understand how to facilitate positive
change
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Relationship-Centered care
• Relationship is bond that removes isolation
and fear.
• Enhances insight, understanding and sense
of control.
• Trust enhance social connection, fosters
communication, empathy and compassion
• Helps to releases unhealthy emotions
• Leads to optimism and positive expectations
• Improve efficiency of care
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Healing organization
• Culture supports optimal health
• WHO definition health: state of optimal
physical, social , spiritual and
environmental well-being
• Well-being : state of being healthy, happy,
productively contributing to one’s
community and satisfied with one’s life
• Appropriate leadership, team work and
technology to create
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Healing place
• Respect and communication between
team
• Feel safe to deal with conflict
• Be empowered to contribute towards
improvement
• Healing starts with modelling of self care
and core values by leaders
• Flows into mission, vision, planning and
behaviour of health care teams
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Enhance health habits
• Empower individual how to best take care
of him/her self
• Both provider and patient are active
participants in healing process
• All healing is self-healing
• Facilitate id to take care of themselves
• Nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle
choices, management of stress
and anxiety
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Collaborative medicine
• Person centered – understand pt story- triggers,
antecedents
• Integrative approach
• Use most effective tools possible to facilitate
health- conventional or complementary
• Begin with less invasive measures before costly
• Team of providers to offer practices for healing
• Combines best of technology- least harmful, most
effective approach is used
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Spiritual connection
• Journey toward, or experience or connection
with source of ultimate meaning as defined
by each individual
• Includes connection with self, with nature,
with a higher power
• Facilitate awareness of these connectionsenhance a sense of purpose for living, reduce
suffering and optimize self-healing
• Most effective tools to help change
unhealthy behaviour
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Healing spaces
• Physical structure
• Nature, colour, light, fresh air, music, fine
arts, architecture
• Create space that influence health and
well-being of those who enter the space
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Current model
• The terms allopathic or conventional
medicine typically refer to “western”/ orthodox
medicine as practised by the "scientifically"
trained medical doctor in hospitals and clinics
throughout the world.
• Mind and body medicine seperate
• Evidence based – linear relationship between
single treatment and cure of disease
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Allopathic medicine
• Disease is caused by a
specific aetiological agent e.g.
bacteria, virus, injury, organ or
system dysfunction
• The patient is a passive
recipient of medical
intervention
• The body is viewed in a
mechanistic way - a machine
rather than part of a person
who exists in a complex social
environment
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• Restoring health usually requires the use of
medical technology and advanced scientific
procedures
• Health of a society is largely dependent on
medical knowledge and the availability of
medical resources
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Integrative model
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Healing-oriented medicine
Systems approach
Whole person (body, mind and spirit),
Lifestyle and function
Behavioural change
Therapeutic relationship
Appropriate therapeutic approaches (biological/body
mind/ musculoskeletal/surgical)
• Healthcare professionals (including alternative)
• Various disciplines
• Evidence-based approach.
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Optimal Healing Environment
A system and place comprised of people,
behaviors, treatments and their
psychological and physical parameters.
Its purpose is to provide conditions
that stimulate and support the inherent
healing capacities of the participants,
their relationships and their
surroundings.
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Occupational health
How do we change an occupational
health encounter as a healing
encounter ?
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