Holistic health care

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Given the multitude of problems with which clients present to treatment, the goal of any service should be to improve clients’ quality of life across all domains, including health, social welfare and housing, employment, criminal justice, and of course, AOD and mental health. As such, these Guidelines adopt a holistic health care approach to the management and treatment of comorbidity, which is based on the adage ‘Treat the person, not the illness’ [7]. It is essential to consider the whole person, taking into account psychological, physical, and sociodemographic perspectives when consulting with clients with comorbid mental health conditions (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Holistic health care framework: Physical and mental health

Figure 1: Holistic health care framework
Mental health
Physical health
Social factors
Environmental factors