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Helping the Client with Chronic Disability Achieve High-Level Wellness

Davidhizar, Ruth DNS RN CS FAAN1; Shearer, Ruth MSN RN1

doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1997.tb02082.x
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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.

1 Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN

203 Middlebury, Goshen, IN 46526.

Assistant Professor

Dean of Nursing

© 1997 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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