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Integrative Wellness in Rehabilitation: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health Care and Clinical Applications




Social and clinical research has demonstrated the importance psychosocial and health behaviors contribute to both the etiology of illness conditions and the success of treatment in the rehabilitation setting. The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief review of the social and behavioral factors in illness, recovery and prevention of impairments, and to provide clinical applications of such findings.


The content of this paper draws on both a literature search as well as the case study of programs and strategies currently being utilized at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital located in the American Midwest.


Authors present an integrative medical framework with respect to incorporating a preventive approach to rehabilitation.


Rehabilitation clinicians and nurses may draw on this research in the formation of an integrative approach to care.

Clinical Relevance

An integrative rehabilitation nursing model, such as the personal wellness plan outlined in this article, incorporates psychosocial and health behavior change as a method of wellness promotion, adaptation to functional limitations (temporary or permanent), and illness prevention.