Wellness in Chronic Care (WCC) families, illness & disability: an integrative clinical intervention model

Rena Feigin*, Margalit Drory, Nechama Dori, Tamar Krulik, Ricky Kedar

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This paper describes the Wellness in Chronic Care (WCC) model, an innovative integrative clinical intervention method aimed at helping social workers manage the care of patients living with chronic illnesses and their families. The goal is to propose appropriate clinical responses to the changing reality of the health system. This new reality poses new challenges that require caregivers (social work practitioners and family members) to develop suitable skills and expertise. The intervention method we developed offers a new paradigm that entails partnership and the need to assume responsibility in decision-making while coping with the illness over time. The intervention provides practical tools and methods for coping and managing the illness. These factors have contributed to building a specifically tailored intervention program for patient and family care to achieve an effective and meaningful wellbeing. An assessment of the training program of the intervention model and its implementation is presented. The model was found to be essential yet some found it difficult to make the needed changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-284
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 2024


  • Chronic illness
  • family caregivers
  • illness management
  • meaningful quality of life


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