How to Leverage Functional Testing With Well World
Functional testing can help practitioners uncover the root causes of chronic conditions that have plagued patients for months or years on end. Perhaps you have several tests that you can run regularly when a new patient comes into your practice, such as:
- IGG for food allergies and sensitivities
- GI-MAP to uncover digestive, immune, or metabolic issues
- Hormone panels for fertility
- Thyroid and adrenal panels for energy issues
Even while your patient is waiting for their test results, you can also use Well World® to help gather baseline patient lifestyle information and clinical data.
This data can support the test results and help you customize your recommendations to meet your patients’ needs. In addition, it is a great way to immediately engage your patients in their own treatment, and it is an easy way for them to get started.
Here’s how you can use Well World with your new or existing patients while waiting for test results.
Assign the 7-Day Food Diary to Understand Eating Patterns
Is your patient eating to live or living to eat? Do they eat lots of dairy, gluten, or other foods that are commonly linked to food allergies? Do they eat irregularly or have other food habits?
When you see your patient’s data in the 7-day food diary, you’ll have a much clearer picture of what’s going on in their lifestyle that may be contributing to their symptoms. This can also be useful for developing a strategy for improving your patient’s diet and eating habits.
For example, if your patient complains of low energy, what are they eating that may be making them tired? Through the food diary, you may discover that they rely on an afternoon coffee pick-me-up to keep going throughout the day.
Assign Foundational Supplements
Even if your patients primarily eat a healthy diet, it is nearly impossible for them to get the full spectrum of minerals and nutrients that they need.
You can start your patients on a healthier path with Designs for Health® Foundational supplements.
When you set your patient up with their food diary, you can also e-script any one of the done-for-you foundational supplement protocols within Well World. These have been created by experts at Designs for Health to include a range of nutrients to support ongoing health maintenance.
Once you get your patient’s test results back and review them, along with their food diary, you can adjust their supplements to support specific needs.
Have Patients Track Their Condition
In the Well World® app, patients can easily track how they’re feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally.
With one-click tracking, they can record whether they’re feeling well or experiencing specific daily symptoms, such as headaches, itchy skin, mood swings, stomach issues, and more.
When you review their tracked conditions in your practitioner portal, you’ll be able to see at a glance if they are tracking more positive or negative body conditions.
You can use symptoms and conditions as measures of patient improvement, as well as results for the program you will recommend after reviewing their tests.
Get Patients to Track Their Movement
Does your patient workout frequently or are they mostly sedentary?
You can have your patient manually track their workouts in Well World to see how much they are moving. Or you can have them sync their Well World app with other fitness apps and wearables.
At a glance, you’ll be able to see how active they are and how frequently they exercise.
Reviewing the metrics will also help you and your patient set goals for their next program.
Putting Patient Data and Tests Together
If you already provide coaching, lab results with pre-test data can provide you with a valuable way to better understand your patient and how to support them.
For example, you might see when they have more negative symptoms on days that they are short on sleep. Or when they have headaches after eating specific foods. Perhaps their lab results also point to food sensitivities or digestive issues.
Building a Long-Term, Personalized Care Plan
The lab results and the pre-test data from Well World will help you inform your patient by developing a personalized care plan, including nutrition, exercise, and the right supplements to support the desired outcome.
This can also help you plan and build out your patient’s long-term journey beyond the first recommended plan or program. In this way, you can guide your patients to long-term wellness and better outcomes.
Better Outcomes With Relevant Data
When you combine test results with the patient-generated data in Well World, you can get a much clearer picture of who your patients are at, and where your each patient needs the most support. You’ll gain much better insight into which treatment protocols will benefit your patients so they can start feeling better faster.
Also, don’t forget that when your patients track their data in Well World, they become more accountable to their plan and well-being. With regular usage, Well World can help patients feel supported while getting better outcomes.