After an injury, not only is your body trying to heal, but you are also likely seeking personalized pain management and specialized treatments to abate pain and expedite recovery.
Rather than a one-size-fits-all take on treatment services, patient-centered medical care is, simply, more caring. The Institute of Medicine defines patient-centered care as “providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”
Patient-centered care encourages collaboration and shared decision-making between patients and providers so that treatment options can be specifically designed for each person and each injury. This type of comprehensive care plan considers communication, comfort, and coordination for treatment success.
Yes, one study analyzed the effects of patient-centered care for those recovering from severe injuries and found that patients who received specific patient-centered care interventions had “a clinically and a statistically significant reduction in the percentage of any severe post injury concerns expressed over the course of the six months after injury hospitalization.”
While patient-centered care has been proven effective, this type of treatment option is not widespread. One survey found that 70% of patients polled had trouble scheduling an appointment or receiving advice over the telephone. Many patients still feel disappointed with the communication between their primary caregivers and other treatment specialists.
Patients are becoming increasingly interested in their own healthcare and in finding workable treatments. For example, 80% of people who use the Internet search for health information online.
A chief advocate of patient-centered care, Dr. James Rickert, has said that one of the fundamental principles of patient-centered care is that “patients know best how well their health providers are meeting their needs.”
Treatment facilities who engage in patient-centered care should continue the trend, other practitioners should embrace this more holistic approach and patients should ask for better communication and increased respect.
Patient-centered medical care is just more effective. Injury treatment will certainly include prescribing medications and providing physical therapy, but the important additional and wrap-around services involved in providing patient-centered care make this type of treatment option more caring, more impactful, and more effective.
That is why we wake up every day to serve those in the local community who deserve the best care following work injury, car accident, which results in Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Concussion, Headaches, etc.