Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Restoring wholeness to healthcare: An international, qualitative study of the value, use, and impact of whole person medicine training
by Falkenheimer, Sharon Falkenheimer, Ph.D., Trinity International University, 2016, 177; 10254616
Abstract (Summary)

A qualitative, interview study of twenty—four healthcare professionals in fifteen nations was conducted to explore what makes PRIME: Partnerships in International Medical Education’s (PRIME) whole person medicine (WPM) training valued by healthcare professionals, how it was applied by them in their professional lives, and what impacts resulted. The study addressed two major areas of healthcare in need of remediation, (1) the educational methods used to train healthcare professionals and (2) the high level of dissatisfaction of healthcare professionals with their practice and of patients with the care they receive from healthcare professionals. The results substantiated the benefits of whole person medicine and whole person teaching in improving clinical care, healthcare professional and patient communication and satisfaction, healthcare professional education, and healthcare leadership and administration. It also confirmed the continued predominance of teacher-centered instruction for the training of healthcare professionals in many locations, despite the recommendations of international experts to use student centered, interactive, adult teaching methods. Students in multiple countries and cultures enthusiastically accepted interactive, student centered instruction and appreciated the more relational, open, caring teacher—student relationships of whole person teaching. In brief, the findings of this study showed that healthcare professionals who experience transformation through and develop a passion for the whole person approach to healthcare and education taught by PRIME, tend to model and practice it in their professional lives and to seek to pass it on to others. Further research is needed, but in this period of globalization and international educational exchange, this study may provide insights into ways to restore wholeness to healthcare.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Guthrie, Donald P.
Commitee: Guthrie, Donald P., Hunter, Evan R.
School: Trinity International University
Department: Educational Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Medicine, Health education
Keywords: Bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, Curriculum, International, Medical education, Qualitative research, Whole person medicine/care
Publication Number: 10254616
ISBN: 9781369628524
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