VA Patient Centered Care
Have a Conversation
You are more than your symptoms. Have a conversation with your health team about your goals and priorities. Your health team can include not only your clinicians, but a Whole a Whole Health Partner and a Well-being team. A Whole Health Partner is a new role being created to serve as your point of contact to assist you as you practice whole health.
To more effectively help you reach your goals, your health team wants to know you as a person — who you are, what is important to you, and what you need to achieve your best health. The key question now becomes “What matters most to you?” For some, this can be a difficult question and may take some time to process, and that’s okay.
Take charge of your health by starting a conversation with your health team and exploring this question. Express your needs, values, goals, and concerns, so together you can create a personal health plan focused on your goals. With your health team, you can identify steps you can take to help you achieve that goal. Maybe a yoga class could enhance your flexibility so you can play with your grandchildren with greater ease, or a Tai Chi class might help you better manage your pain.
By questioning what matters most to you, your health team can help you discover what gives you a sense of meaning and purpose in your life.
“It’s a partnership,” says Michelle Recupero, a VA primary care doctor. “It’s not physician leading patient or patient solely leading physician. It’s truly walking side-by-side. And the power behind that is really… limitless, when you think about it.”
Here are the top ten responses Veterans gave when asked what matters most to them.
Whole health is an approach to care that is guided by your needs, putting you at the center of your health decisions and not your symptoms. It empowers and equips you to take charge of your health and well-being. By more closely aligning what you're doing with what is important to you, we can help you move toward the things that bring you happiness and joy.
The OPCC&CT is working with VA facilities to adopt this Whole Health System, the structure through which VA will assist, guide, and provide care to you when you create your personal health plan and practice whole health. We are just beginning the national transformation to whole health. Even if you don’t live near a designated whole health site, there are still many facilities nationwide with whole heal practices in place. We are committed to looking at you as a whole person and supporting you in achieving what matters most to you.
The Pathway Is EMPOWERING: We partner with you, as well as your family and community, to explore the missions, purposes, and aspirations that will guide the development of your personal health plan.
Well-Being Programs Are EQUIPPING: We work with you to build the skills and support you need and identify proactive, integrative health approaches such as stress reduction, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, nutrition, acupuncture, and health coaching that will help you take charge of your health and well-being and live your life to the fullest.
Whole Health Clinical Care Is TREATING: Along with your health care team, you will complete your personal health planning and find complementary and integrative health approaches.