Flourishing in Medicine

Tyler J. VanderWeele: In May, we published a Viewpoint piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association on how the concept and measurement of flourishing are relevant for medical practice. Flourishing could be a transformative concept for clinicians and for medicine. Too often in medicine, and in public health, we focus on disease and its predisposing risk factors. This work is important, but its narrow focus often ignores the bigger picture of what leads to a truly whole and flourishing life. People certainly care a great deal about health, but they care about other things as well — about being happy, and having a sense of purpose, and trying to be a good person, and having good relationships.

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