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Helping the Client with Chronic Disability Achieve High-Level Wellness

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203 Middlebury, Goshen, IN 46526.

Abstract

Clients with chronic disability often define themselves in terms of their sick role. Today, many healthcare professionals and laypersons alike prefer to view the individual as a unified whole striving toward high-level wellness. Thus, a client may be diagnosed with a physical illness, a chronic illness, or a disability but may still work to attain high-level wellness by functioning in an integrated way with the environment. This article describes the client with chronic disability in relation to high-level wellness and provides techniques nurses can use to facilitate a client's positive adjustment.

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