Employ a Holistic Approach in Treating Your Client – Medical Professor to Health Care Practitioners

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Professor Mawuli Kotope Gyakobo of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics of the School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast says health care practitioners should aspire to move from biomedical model of treating patients towards a holistic approach.

He said since biomedical model of health focuses purely on biological factors, there is the need to add more flesh by shifting to the holistic approach which means consideration of the complete person, physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually.

Prof Gyakobo made this statement on Monday on ATL FM’s Atlantic, ahead of his public lecture scheduled for Tuesday 12 February 2019 at 2:30 pm at the school of medical sciences auditorium, UCC. The lecture is on the topic “Medicine in the 21st century: Shifting the paradigm from the biomedical to the holistic lessons from the Palliative Care Model”.

He says there is the need for more training in the form of education and mentorship in order to have a holistic model that will meet the expectation of clients.

He added that “If a person is dying for instance are we able to bring the family together in a manner that there won’t be any confusion right after the person’s death? Is the person’s will complete? Has the person got any psychosocial issues that we need to address; is there any spiritual problem we need to address? We need to bring all these into perspective and train a health providers who will meet these expectations and needs of our clients and that is shifting the biochemical to the holistic.”

Prof. Mawuli Kotope Gyakobo noted they are ready to meet the expectations of everyone who goes to the hospital and so the presence of the entire public at the lecture scheduled for today 12th February, 2019 would help to address a lot of issues.

He therefore encouraged the entire public to take advantage of the public lecture so that their challenges and concerns will be addressed.