The benchmark assesses the following competency:
Benchmark: 5.1. Understand the human experience across the health-illness continuum.
Research the health-illness continuum and its relevance to patient care. In a 750-1,000 word paper, discuss the
relevance of the continuum to patient care and present a perspective of your current state of health in relation to
the wellness spectrum. Include the following:
Examine the health-illness continuum and discuss why this perspective is important to consider in relation to
health and the human experience when caring for patients.
Reflect on your overall state of health. Discuss what behaviors support or detract from your health and well-
being. Explain where you currently fall on the health-illness continuum.
Discuss the options and resources available to you to help you move toward wellness on the health-illness
spectrum. Describe how these would assist in moving you toward wellness (managing a chronic disease,
recovering from an illness, self-actualization, etc.).