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Patient agency in the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of healthcare

On February 24, Deborah Lycett holds her lecture “Patient agency in the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of healthcare“. The lecture is part of the KU Leuven Health Humanities Lecture Series 2021-2022, which has patient agency as its overall theme.

Holistic, person-centered and evidence-based health and social care is what all practitioners strive to achieve, however it is still hard to determine how to do this effectively. The research around some aspects of holistic health, such as the integration of spirituality, is still in its infancy. Some disciplines are more advanced than others in this area. Prof Lycett has pioneered work in applying the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of health within nutrition and dietary care. Her work in obesity shows that far from considering body weight can be solved simply by addressing physical energy balance, we need to also consider the psychological, spiritual and personal factors that drive eating. We need to take a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, considering that obesity for many is a chronic, relapsing, remitting condition, where our aim is to support and empower patients to cope; rather than view obesity as a lack of self-control and seek weight loss at all costs. Prof Lycett will describe the research which developed Taste & See: a church based program to develop a healthy relationship with food and report on several studies, from her team, that seek to embed spirituality in patient-led care for a wide variety of health and social care professionals.

Prof. Dr. Deborah Lycett RD PhD is the Director of the Centre for Intelligent Healthcare at Coventry University (UK), lead for Behavior and Implementation Science, and holds a personal chair in Religious Health Interventions and Dietetic Practice with an international reputation for investigating the application of the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of health to improve the lives of those living with dietary and nutrition-related conditions.

Date and time: February 24, 2022, 4-5.30 pm CET.
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