05 Nov Methods for Quality Care to Patients

Practicing patience is a critical component of the practitioner’s depot for positive development and to improve quality of care to the patients.  Reflecting retrospectively on an experience is described in various models to help the process of reflection, but all of them provide a way to look at an event or experience, examining about what happened, why it happened as it did and deciding what you would do the next time.

For example, John’s Model for Structured Reflection (2000) can be used to aid the analysis of a critical incident or for general reflection on experience. Johns recommend states his model is used by the learners working with a supervisor as he considers sharing the reflection leads to a greater understanding than gained by the learner carrying out the reflection entirely on their own. Rolfe’s et al (2001) model pose 3 questions – What? So what? and Now what? Although this seems a simple model, it does not give much direction as other models, such as Gibbs (1988).

The Gibbs’s Reflective Cycle (1988), illustrates emotions. It provides 6 clear stages of reflection by encouraging a clear description of the overall experience, analysis of thoughts and feelings about the situation, evaluation of the situation, analysis to make sense of the situation, conclusion where other options are considered and the opportunity to plan what you would do differently in different situations. The most important point of reflection is what you can learn from the experience and how could that affect your future practice. The cycle then goes back to the beginning and continues with the refined action.

Conduct consultation in a professional manner, by drawing knowledge and range of practical experience this will help you in correct diagnosis, and recognizing treatments. However, the treatment proves to be effective, depending upon the patients. But better communications of the treatment plan to the patient adds to the efficiency.

Though feeling emphatically works especially with regard to the restrictions to be placed but the method used to communicate it to the patients makes it work. The benefits of the treatment plan works on the effective communication that can be probably tailored in a particular style and methods that suites the situation. Communicate the treatment plan orally and on reflection you can see more effectiveness, it can be written out as a checklist for the patients to follow. This would ensure a record of what was to be done, when and how often. Further this encourages them and perhaps sets targets for the number of times the exercises should be done.

Rather than being prescriptive, discusses in more detail with the patients, their priorities for training and negotiate for a reduction in activity this would get them more involved in the treatment plan. Finally, you can try setting a target for pain reduction this may act as an incentive for sticking to the treatment plan. For instance, if the same type of situation arose again you will be more focused on your efforts on the patient. That will ensure better communication style and methods which are suitable for the patient, and you will direct your communication more to the patient, while still including the treatment plan by making sure that the patient has a firm grasp of the treatment plan, and are involved in its development appropriately. The main points of the treatment plan can be put in writing to re-enforce them if you consider it to be beneficial to the patient.

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