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What happens if health care takes health rather than disease as a starting point?

More and more welfare and welfare organisations, municipalities and municipal health services are working with a ‘broad health concept’, where ‘illness’ is no longer central, but rather what a person can do. RIVM followed three areas for two years to see how the modus operandi was adapted and what the trials were. Residents, (care) professionals, policy makers, and administrators are excited, but they also see challenges. This was reported by RIVM.

Health care is under great pressure due to understaffing, old age and high spending. One potential contribution to the solution is to see “health” as a stepping stone rather than a “disease.” So: how do people keep themselves healthy for as long as possible, what can a person still do and what gives their lives meaning? By also asking about other aspects of someone’s life during the conversation, other solutions sometimes come up, such as doing volunteer work against loneliness.

Watch out for health

In this study, the RIVM followed the county of Flevoland, the municipality of Texel and the counties of Utrecht in Leidse-Rhein-Fleuten de Meirn. Participants there see the added value of this new way of working. Organizations and professionals can find each other better and set up activities more easily to improve the health of the population. Professionals felt more job satisfaction when they used this “wide view” when working with residents or patients. Residents note that they are more aware of their health and have greater control. This way of working and looking at health from a broader perspective is a time-consuming process. The results are also not immediately visible. So the regions are eager to learn from each other’s experiences and share knowledge.

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Presentation in practice

Seven elements that increase the chances of success of implementing a broad health concept. These are: support from all the organizations involved, a clear focus in the approach and professionals from the different organizations who know each other. It is also important for organizations to operate based on the needs and capabilities of the population. Adequate funds and an easy organizational structure are important prerequisites. In addition, it helps to ensure that residents are connected to “healthy living” in various ways, for example through work and education, according to researchers from the Royal Institute of Public Health.

By: National Care Guide