Health status: From illness to wellbeing

Ihsan M. Salloum, C. Robert Cloninger, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Angel A. Otero

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Assessment of health status as a holistic approach to the whole person is being reintegrated in clinical medicine because of the pressing needs created by chronic diseases and needs for more effective preventive approaches. The need for person-centered assessment has been recognized since ancient times and has been emphasized in the definition of health inscribed in the World Health Organization (WHO) constitution. As a result of the prevalence and burden of chronic disease, there is a strong need for models that highlight health restoration and enhance prevention, recovery, and wellbeing. Measures of health status such as Health-related Quality of Life (HRQOL) have been found to be consistent predictors of outcome and have also been linked to prevention of chronic diseases and to common risk factors. Unfortunately, these assessments have not been incorporated yet into regular clinical practice and care, and, as a result, chronic illnesses have become all too prevalent across the world. The Person-centered Integrative Diagnosis (PID) approach, embodying the vision of Person-centered Psychiatry and Medicine as expressed to a large extent in the various Geneva Declarations and proceedings of the International College of Person-centered Medicine (ICPCM) (, provides an overarching conceptual framework for an assessment of the health status in an integrated and dynamic manner converging on the person in context as the center and goal of care and public health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerson Centered Psychiatry
EditorsJuan E. Mezzich, Michel Botbol, George N. Christodoulou, C. Robert Cloninger, Ihsan M. Salloum
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319397245
ISBN (Print)9783319397221
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


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