A chiropractor administering an adjustment, one of many holistic healthcare approaches.

Explaining Holistic Healthcare: What Does It Really Mean?

Holistic healthcare has become synonymous with alternative medicine or non-conventional medicine – but is that actually what it means? There are a lot of misconceptions about the term “holistic,” and, as a result, people may avoid certain practices labeled “holistic therapies.”

However, many of these practices are widely accepted as an effective way to treat underlying causes of disease and manage chronic pain. Let’s explore what holism actually means when it comes to the medical system and your well-being.

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Two doctors at an integrated healthcare facility speaking to a patient about their care plan.

Benefits of Integrated Healthcare: Health Care Teams That Support Whole-Person Well-Being

Integrated health care services are becoming a more prevalent part of the healthcare system, because better health outcomes require that healthcare providers are aware of the patient’s overall health. Patient care that combines behavioral health needs with physical health needs leads to better health outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Integrated health care services achieve that by creating an interprofessional care team that provides a holistic approach to patient care. In doing so, healthcare providers streamline communications to provide a higher-quality of care at a lower cost.

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Integrated health care services available at Meridian.

What Does Integrated Healthcare Look Like in 2023?

As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, so does the concept of an integrated healthcare system. In 2023, integrated healthcare is poised to take on an increasingly important role in health care delivery, as healthcare providers seek to improve outcomes, enhance patient experiences, and contain costs.

The integration of physical and mental health care, emphasis on providing whole-person patient care, and the use of technology to facilitate communication among healthcare providers are just a few of the trends that are shaping the future of integrated healthcare.

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Workers handling hazardous chemicals at their workplace.

What are the Categories for Occupational Hazards?

Workplace safety depends on both employees and management to identify these health and safety hazards to create better working conditions. There are six types of workplace hazards to be aware of: biological hazards, chemical hazards, ergonomic hazards, physical hazards, safety hazards and work organization hazards.

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Employees participating in a workplace counseling session.

Problem/Resolution Counseling and Support in the Workplace

Disclaimer: In this post, counseling refers to a “short term problem resolution session,” since there is no treatment plan or diagnosis involved in these meetings/sessions. 

In small doses, stress can be a great motivating force to work harder, make improvements, and focus on future accomplishments. Large amounts of stress, however, can overwhelm and impair one’s ability to function and also negatively impact well-being – sometimes to the point where it can have severe health consequences.

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Employees participating in a workplace wellness program.

Workplace Wellness Programs: An Overview

There are many reasons why employers across the nation are implementing workplace wellness programs.They can reduce sick leave, decrease workers’ compensation insurance costs and increase productivity. Plus, people who work for organizations that provide wellness programs tend to have higher job satisfaction rates and stay with the company longer (which will save you money on recruiting and training new employees)!

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Potential employee receiving a post-job offer physical.

Getting Ready For Your Post-Job Offer Physical Exam

So you’ve made it through an interview (or two), and you’ve gotten a job offer. But now you’ve been told that the job requirements mean that you have to undergo a post-job offer physical exam. So, what does that entail?

A post-job offer physical is a form of pre-employment screening designed to give health care providers information about how physically capable you are to take on the demands of a full time job. Many employers use these tests to screen out individuals who may not be the best fit for their company.

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