The Value-Driven ‘Why’: Understanding the Core of Patient Motivation in Healthcare

Introduction: The Essence of the ‘Why’ In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, where treatments and technologies advance rapidly, the constant and pivotal element remains the patient’s ‘Why’. This ‘Why’, as emphasised by Simon Sinek, is deeply rooted in the...

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Envision to Achieve: The Power of Visualisation in Physiotherapy Outcomes

Visual imagery is a powerful tool in enhancing the effectiveness of physiotherapy treatments.  The quote from W. Timothy Gallwey’s “The Inner Game of Tennis,” “To Self 2, a picture is worth a thousand words,” eloquently encapsulates the importance of...

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The Language of Change: From ‘Obstacles’ to ‘Friction’ in Rehabilitation Conversations

Introduction: The Power of Words in Therapeutic Dialogues Language is the medium through which we express our thoughts, convey our intentions, and foster change. In therapeutic settings, especially within the realm of physiotherapy, the words we choose can either...

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Enhancing Client Engagement: Navigating the Next Steps in Physiotherapy

In the world of healthcare, particularly in the realm of physiotherapy, successful client engagement goes beyond the walls of the clinic. It extends into the daily lives of clients, where they must actively participate in their treatment plan. David...

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Unlocking Client Motivation: A Guide for Physiotherapists in Shifting from DARN to CATs Language

In the world of physiotherapy, effective communication is the bedrock of successful rehabilitation. Understanding the nuances of patient language can be a game-changer. In my previous article, I explored DARN language (Desire, Ability, Reasons, and Needs) and how it...

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From DARN to CATs: Bridging the Gap in Patient Motivation in Physiotherapy

In the world of physiotherapy, effective communication and patient engagement play pivotal roles in successful rehabilitation.  In this article I plan to briefly explore Miller & Rollnick’s the acronym, DARN CATs which they refer to in their book, ‘Motivational...

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Simple Linguistic Tools for Physiotherapists

The Power of Language in Physiotherapy: Enhancing Treatment Engagement with Simple Linguistic Tools

Introduction As physiotherapists, our ability to effectively communicate with our clients can make all the difference in ensuring successful treatment outcomes. Last week, I had the opportunity to conduct a communication skills workshop for undergraduates in South Australia, where...

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The Habit Factor: Why Clinicians Must Consider Patient Behaviours for Effective Treatment

Introduction When it comes to treating patients, it’s easy to assume that providing them with information and advice is enough to help them achieve their goals. But the truth is, success often comes down to something much simpler: habits....

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The Psychology of Reactance in Physiotherapy: Understanding Patients’ Resistance to Treatment

  During the process of engaging patients who struggle with adherence in relation to behaviour change, I suggested in my last newsletter that clinicians should take the following factors into account: Styles of consulting Psychological reactance The influence of...

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