Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Hope Model for Enhancing Wellness in Pediatric Chronic Illness

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Hope Model for Enhancing Wellness in Pediatric Chronic Illness

Article excerpt

Continuing medical advances have dramatically increased the numbers of children and adolescents living with a serious medical condition throughout the western world. In addition to facilitating coping and adjustment in these young people and their families as they struggle with illness and treatment, current trends in supportive care are now focusing on wellness. As defined by the National Wellness Institute, wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence, with the constant possibility of improving health and quality of life. Through continual lifelong acquisition of knowledge and behavioral choices that emphasize risk reduction and healthy lifestyles, children exposed to acute or chronic health challenges can improve their likelihood of success in the multiple domains of social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional functioning.

This presentation will provide an overview of the challenges faced by young people with serious illness in childhood and their families, as well as new and innovative approaches being implemented by the HOPE Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Utilizing an integrated group of support services under one administrative umbrella, The HOPE Model emphasizes preparation of young people for assuming control of their health and wellness, while providing family support and guidance to encourage this approach. …

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