Lost in Translation: The Pitfalls of Miscommunication in Healthcare

In the realm of healthcare, particularly in the dynamic and often complex relationship between clients and healthcare clinicians, effective communication is the linchpin of successful outcomes.  Michael Bungay Stanier’s insightful quote, “The illusion that both parties to the conversation...

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Understanding the Emotional Stages of Change in Healthcare: Insights from ‘The 12 Week Year’ by Brian Moran

Change is a fundamental aspect of human life, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the realm of healthcare. Patients who are managing recovery from injury or illness often embark on a journey of transformation that involves various...

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Unlocking Patient Engagement: The Power of Instant Influence for Physiotherapists

Introduction: In the dynamic landscape of healthcare, effective patient engagement lies at the heart of successful outcomes. As health providers, your role extends beyond physical rehabilitation. You are not only healthcare practitioners but also communication specialists, poised to empower...

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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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Bridging the Gap: Treatment Plan Engagement vs. Treatment Plan Execution in Healthcare Management

Introduction The field of physiotherapy plays a vital role in improving the quality of life for individuals living with chronic conditions. These conditions often require long-term management and care, making the collaboration between physiotherapists and patients crucial. In the...

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Unlocking the Heart Sink Puzzle: Navigating the Complex Relationship Between Physiotherapists and Challenging Patients

Introduction: The concept of a ‘heart sink’ patient and a ‘heart sink’ physiotherapist, as described in Alastair Santhouse’s book “Head First,” sheds light on the challenging dynamics that can occur between healthcare providers and patients. This term captures the...

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Managing Emotionally Charged Patients: The Power of Labels in Physiotherapy

As a physiotherapist managing a highly emotional patient, it’s important to understand that humans are naturally inclined to think negatively, especially if they are upset for any reason. Research conducted by the National Science Foundation in 2012 revealed that...

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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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