2006 Policy Conference

33rd Annual Meeting & Conference

Conference Purpose: 

The focus of the 2006 American Academy of Nursing's (AAN) Annual Conference is on "Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care". A growing body of literature supports the relationship between physical and mental health. For many years, each was examined separately and, consequently, full diagnosis and treatment of a particular condition were incomplete. Today, there are a number of researchers looking at the interplay between mental and physical health and developing exciting approaches to care. A key premise is that we must treat the patient holistically, considering the mind, body and spirit. This Conference will examine the ways in which physical and mental health and illness intersect, and offer strategies for helping patients and families effectively and holistically address these complex situations.

Conference Objectives: 

  • Examine the interplay among mental and physical health, illness and symptoms;
  • Identify research and policy implications to help individuals and their families deal with these situations; and
  • Highlight the work that nurse researchers have done in this area to improve the health of individuals, their families and communities.

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2007 Conference Planning Committee: 

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN
Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, RN, CNAA, FAAN
Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
June Horowitz, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Gail Stuart, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Nilda Peragallo, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Patricia Messmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Carole Hudgings, PhD, RN, FAAN
Lillee Gelinas, RN, BSN, MSN, FAAN