Table 3.

Healing Model Components

Model ComponentDefinitions
Healing processes
    Nonjudgmental stanceAccepting every patient as a person of worth
    ConnectingFinding personal resonance with each particular patient
    PresenceBeing mindfully present when with the patient
        Full attention in encounterActively listening to patient’s story
        Acceptance of illness experienceRecognizing importance of patients’ subjective experience of illness
        EmpathyConnecting patient’s experience of suffering with healer’s life experience
Appreciating power
    PartneringEngaging patients as partners in decisions about diagnosis and treatment
    EducationExplanation of medical jargon and teaching patients self-management
    PushingUsing healer power for patient benefit
    Interpersonal continuityAbility for patient to see same healer over time, most of the time
    Major health crisesCaring for patients during significant health events
    Caring actionsAccumulation of actions that allow patients to know that the healer cares
    Not giving upTrying to reduce patient suffering even when science has nothing left to offer
Healer competencies
    Self-confidenceProjection of confidence in healer’s ability to heal
    Emotional self managementAppropriately recognizing and managing emotions
    MindfulnessAbility to be aware in the moment of internal and external environment
    KnowledgeStore of information about diagnosis and treatment
Relational outcomes
    TrustWillingness to be vulnerable, feeling cared for, kowing promises will be kept
    HopeBelief that some positive future beyond present suffering is possible
    Being knownAccumulated sense that the physician knows the patient as a person.