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Chapter 2 - Screening and Assessment Methods for Wellness

from Part I - Approach to Wellness

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2020

Waguih William IsHak
Affiliation:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
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Summary

There are multiple movements within medicine, public health, and health policy that have expanded the measurement of well-being and wellness and made such practices imperative. Medicine continues to grow more highly specialized and focused on biomedical treatments. Physicians’ roles have become more siloed, and our knowledge of the effects of illness and medical treatments on patients’ lives is limited. Simultaneously, public health research has elucidated the importance of contexts, connectedness, and functioning to health. Biomedical treatments and the absence of illness do not define health. Well-being, social connectedness, and one’s ability to function in essential domains of life are essential components of health. In response, health policy has begun to prioritize patient-reported outcomes, including well-being and health-related quality of life (QOL).

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