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Dynamic Chiropractic has the full text of this article: Teaching vs. Preaching: A Critical Look at Patient Education
In an attempt to increase compliance and retention, many chiropractors engage in what they believe to be patient education only to become frustrated by their results. On close examination, some doctorsí educational activities actually turn out to be a subtle form of indoctrination to get patients to do as they are told. Understanding the critical difference between teaching (educating) and preaching (indoctrinating) requires a fresh perspective and new strategies. Is it time to reassess your approach to patient education? How often do you find yourself thinking or even saying, any of the following?
* Iím just trying to get this patient to understand why the course of treatment Iím suggesting would be good for them. Why donít they get it?
* If only patients could understand what I understand, they would realize that what Iím recommending is what they need.
* Why is it so hard for some patients to grasp the importance of following through with the full course of adjustments as Iíve advised?
* Just because this patient wonít acknowledge they have a problem, that doesnít mean the problem doesnít exist. Iíve got to find a way to get them to see the value of care.
If these statements sound familiar, you may be unconsciously preaching instead of teaching, or engaging in indoctrination instead of education. All of the examples above share a sweeping assumption: that you know what an individual patient needs better than they know what they need. Now, you may be thinking, ďBut I do know what they need, Iím the doctor!Ē Perhaps, but that stance will drive away the very patients you spend a great deal of time and effort to attract.
Re: Teaching vs. Preaching: A Critical Look at Patient Education
Not a pod yet but planning to train (have place on course). In my current job role I have to try and influence health behaviours and beliefs over the telephone in a 20 minute occupational health assessment - during this time I also have to assess and decide outcome and advice i will give back to employer (which is often contrary to the clients beliefs about their role in self care etc). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a tool that is been frequently found to be a useful to facilitate practice not only in my field of health practice but also in others. There are now short courses in CBT for health practitioners and many in my field feel it should be part of qualification. Could pods find it of similar use?