Over the past two years, the Institute for Positive Health (iPH) has been actively inspiring professionals and training participants to implement Positive Health in Iceland. The implementation of Positive Health is taking place in the local community, starting with the social and medical domains. Work is being done simultaneously on the level of the consulting room, practice organisation and the local community. Social workers and two groups of general practitioners in Reykjavík have already been trained, and who are also interested in starting with courses for the general practitioner's training.
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By first filling in the spiderweb itself, you can explore what the core of the philosophy is. If you skip this step, you will easily miss the point, because without experiencing the effect, you will remain on the outside, just watching patients. Clients will quickly realize if you yourself have lived through what it is all about.
Iceland started with Positive Health because:
One of the biggest challenges we face is a growing number of people with chronic and complex problems and we need to further promote and support self care and self management by patients. Elínborg Bárðardóttir is general practitioner and programme director for the primary care training programme at the Development Centre for Primary Healthcare in Iceland (DCPHI). She played a key role as one of the early adaptors to inspire other general practitioners in Iceland: ‘With Positive Health we are moving into the right direction in primary care, with increased sensitivity to finding the right balance between the needs of our patients and the health system that serves them.’
A group of ambassadors of Positive Health in Iceland was formed, with e.g. general practitioner Pétur Heimisson from East Iceland and Guðjón Hauksson (Director HAS,) involved. ‘The knowledge of positive health reached the shores of Iceland in 2018 and sparked the interest of a small number of health care professional.
what has happened so far?
Implementing a new approach to health care will take some time. The idea of Positive Health has laid down strong roots in Iceland, and now it is time to nurture these roots to build a strong and stable Positive Health tree.