Assessment Description
Research the health-illness continuum and its relevance to patient care. In a 750-1,000-word paper, discuss the relevance of the continuum to patient care and present a perspective of your current state of health in relation to the wellness spectrum. Include the following:
1. Examine the health-illness continuum and discuss why this perspective is important to consider in relation to health and the human experience when caring for patients.
2. Explain how understanding the health-illness continuum enables you, as a health care provider, to better promote the value and dignity of individuals or groups and to serve others in ways that promote human flourishing and are consistent with the Christian worldview.
3. Reflect on your overall state of health. Discuss what behaviors support or detract from your health and well-being. Explain where you currently fall on the health-illness continuum.
4. Discuss the options and resources available to you to help you move toward wellness on the health-illness spectrum. Describe how these would assist in moving you toward wellness (managing a chronic disease, recovering from an illness, self-actualization, etc.).
You are required to cite a minimum of three peer-reviewed sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years, appropriate for the assignment criteria, and relevant to nursing practice.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to Lopes Write. A link to the Lopes Write technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance. Plagiarism free
Benchmark Information
This benchmark assesses the following programmatic competency:
5.3: Understand the human experience across the health-illness continuum.

In the directions for your Week 5 paper, you will see the directions state that you "Research the health-illness continuum and its relevance to patient care."
I encourage you to research John Travis and his creation of the health/illness continuum. What we are looking at is the linear continuum that places health at the extreme right side of the continuum and death at the left side. In between are various aspects of our health – illness, education, neutral, etc. This is the continuum that you are to review. We are not discussing continuity of care – meaning hospital, rehab, outpatient care, etc. We are discussing the health/illness continuum.

Also, remember to review the directions and rubric. Students are required to write about their personal state of health and where they fall currently on the health/illness continuum. Then, discuss support options. For example, if you are at a place where you want to lose weight – the gym, Weight Watchers, etc., would be good support options – as well as a nutritionist etc.




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