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Promoting wellbeing in persons with disabilities

Luis Salvador-Carulla, Mencia Ruiz, Javier E. Saavedra

Abstract


Person-centered care plays a critical role in the promotion of wellbeing in persons with disabilities. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that services should be provided in the community. The 2011 World Report on Persons with Disabilities indicates that person-centered services are preferable, so that individuals are involved in decisions about the support they receive and have maximum control over their lives. It also recognises the deficits within national care systems in dealing with persons with disabilities and the need for a person-centered approach. A major transformation is needed to incorporate a wellbeing perspective to care for persons with disabilities. This reform  should take into account four multifaceted conceptual models: health promotion, mental capital, social inclusion and recovery. The person-centered integrative diagnosis (PID) model may provide a useful framework to better understand the existing relationship among these models. Integrative care addressed to persons with disabilities should also incorporate wellbeing improvement or sustainability as a major endpoint.


Keywords


Disability, mental capital, person-centered care, prevention, promotion, social inclusion, recovery, wellbeing

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5750/ijpcm.v2i1.176

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