Human Experience Across the Health-Illness Continuum ;

Human Experience Across the Health-Illness Continuum ;

The Health Illness Continuum model created by John Travis in the 1972 represents a continuum from high level of wellness to premature death with the state of neutral at the midpoint. Most people consider themselves being in a neutral position when they do not recognize signs or symptoms of any disease. When a person recognizes signs and symptoms of illness early in the disease process, and accesses treatment, the person has a better chance at regaining the state of being in a neutral point. ………………………………

                        Across the Health-Illness Continuum, health is seen as a graduated spectrum that cannot be divided-except arbitrarily into parts. A person’s position moves back and forth on the continuum with physiological changes, lifestyle choices, and the results of various therapies. The number one represents a state of being gravely ill, while ten represents excellent health (a person in peak form). The continuum is personal and dynamic …

            Across the Health-Illness Continuum on the point of neutral, it takes three levels to the right for me to reach high-level wellness. These include awareness, education, and growth. But it normally takes three levels from the neutral point for me to go left to reach premature death. These are signs, symptoms, and disability. Wellness continuum helps differentiate between the medical concept of health and the wellness concept. In other words, the wellness continuum allows me to visualize the difference between wellness and the medical approaches to health (Arifa Nazar, n.d.).

One of the significant features of this model is that it allows a nurse to care for a patient considering all factors affecting the patient’s state of being and striving to reach maximum potential. The nurse assesses many factors that can affect the patient’s health and wellness activities, and the nurse will use this knowledge to provide care that will potentiate the clients’ highest level of wellness‌..

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