This lecture can be applied toward the 8 C.E. credits required for the NCMIC 5% discount.
Wellness is the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal. … a dynamic process of change and growth…… the action an individual take to achieve a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life where health is defined in accordance with the World Health Organization as "not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, but a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being."
Although the doctors are trained to counsel and promote wellness during the course of the traditional consultation especially by providing information, direction, preventive, and supportive services (e.g., smoking cessation pamphlets, dietary information, scoliosis screening), it is up to the individual to make choices and behavior changes that lead to health and wellbeing . That said, the question remains, does the health data support the thesis that patient’s do make healthy choices and change their behavior that leads to a wellness lifestyle and do doctors have the tools necessary to facilitate that process?