The “whole patient” approach

How you feel tells a lot about you. Treating patients solely through prescriptions and procedures is not the best way anymore.  We have the “whole patient” approach in patient care and getting to know your Doctor. Medical professionals are focusing on including everything about the patient to improve health and well being.

According to the National Institutes of Health, integrative medicine is care that puts the patient at the center. It addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. The “Whole Patient Approach” is used more in the medical field today. This approach has 50 percent of the population in the United States, practicing it.

By considering factors like personal patient qualities, behavior attributes, and dietary needs. Likewise, doctors can address the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the person. In an effort to create a health care plan that blends conventional medicine with evidence-based, natural, less invasive therapies.

At Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group

Providers are focusing more on adjunctive therapies. Wellness like socialization groups, fitness classes and focusing on the medicinal benefits of proper nutrition.

“Our whole approach to patient care is changing,” said Dr. Kenny Grier, an HVVMG provider. “Patients are used to coming in and having their care provided in a cookie-cutter manner.”

“But I think when we take a look at the patient as individuals, they’re excited we’re trying to work with them. That’s helping us build trust and making them feel comfortable.”

The Heritage Medical Model

Second, prioritizes treating the “whole patient. Further, we aim to provide a fuller, long-lasting health care experience, instead of just fixing one issue.

“The past eight years, HVVMG has significantly expanded its adjunctive therapies through additional senior programs, its development of our fitness program and exercise classes, health education classes, and an on-site nutritionist,” said Donna Hague, a licensed clinical social worker at HVVMG.

In addition, Hague, who helped create the Healing Hearts Bereavement Support Group to help those coping with a loss. In fact, she sees the benefits of those adjunctive therapies firsthand. Whether it’s in the referral of someone struggling with diabetes to a health education class. Working through the same issues is how the Coffee Club provides an outlet. Besides, it is socialization and engagement for those feeling lonely.

“When we feel isolated, alone and disconnected then we are at much higher risk for major depression, suicidal thoughts, and increased anxiety,” Hague said. “When we have positive support systems and socialize, we feel connected to others. As well as, have a sense of purpose being part of something outside of ourselves.”

Donna Hague, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Finally, getting to know the patient fully, while, identifying their needs beyond just the physical symptoms, has become an increasingly important part of the Heritage Medical Model, which strives to help patients and the community live their best lives possible.

Above All, Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group (HVVMG) offers its members award-winning coordinated care with a speedy referral system. HVVMG has 45 primary care physicians. They also have a panel of two hundred medical specialists across Southern California’s High Desert, as well as the mountain communities. HVVMG  is dedicated to a spirit of excellence and has a locally based members service team. HVVMG is part of the Heritage Provider Network.