Empowering Patient Adherence: The Art of ‘Nudging’ in Healthcare

In the realm of healthcare, the success of treatment often hinges not only on the clinical skills of healthcare professionals but also on the willingness and ability of patients to adhere to prescribed interventions.  “Nudge,” a groundbreaking book by...

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Conversations That Heal: Leveraging Self-Motivation in Physiotherapy

Though William Miller is a psychologist, his work with Stephen Rollnick on Motivational Interviewing (MI) has extended far beyond the confines of my original field.  I’d like to share some insights from his book “Motivational Interviewing” that I believe...

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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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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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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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