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.
Dean of Nursing