Rehab professionals are constantly battling to keep their patients involved and engaged in their prescribed therapy, a common source of frustration and burn-out among clinicians (link to “Stopping PT” piece). Today, we’ll consider several novel strategies to better engage patients by leveraging the technologyalready at their fingertips – their smartphones. We’ll discuss three primary categories of apps that can help boost patient engagement with their plan of care and your practice: patient education apps, home exercise program apps, and specialty apps for specific rehab populations.
In this feature, we’ll investigate common PT opinions on this final point of frustration. We’ll examine how current research supports some of these sentiments about why many patients don’t adhere to their therapist’s plan of care. Let’s consider four frequently cited reasons for this lack of adherence.
There’s nothing like an hour-long gap in the middle of your morning to completely throw off your flow. While no-shows and cancellations are annoying for providers, these missed appointments also have larger impacts on the clinic’s bottom line and the healthcare system as a whole. In this article, we’ll discuss the cost of cancels and no-shows to providers, patients, and the healthcare system and how to improve patient attendance.
Given the important role that home programs play in most rehabilitation specialties, clinicians must seek out strategies to improve patient understanding of their prescribed routines. One such strategy is a teaching technique called errorless learning, or EL.
It’s no secret that the cost of healthcare is increasing every year: national health expenditure in the US increased more than 4% each year from 2017-2019, and the American Medical Association calculated a per capita cost of healthcare of $11,582 in 2019. (1) It’s therefore understandable that many patients may be struggling to pay for all types of healthcare, including rehabilitation. Sometimes, however, patients may be using cost complaints as a stand-in for their real concerns about PT or OT. Let’s consider a three-step process to navigate discussions around cost and value to learn what your patient truly needs, and how to deliver it.
Research says that we use technology to learn more now than ever before – especially those born from the 1980s onward. (1) So, if your patients are already using technology to learn in school and the workplace, why not apply the same approach to deliver health-related information to them throughout treatment? You can – through a technique known as “microlearning.”
Rehab professionals who spend most of the day in a healthcare setting can often forget how overwhelming medical visits can be for patients. For many patients, just stepping foot in a medical clinic is a major challenge, fraught with concerns about what might happen during their visit, what it is going to cost, and fear that the treatment will involve substantial pain. A little upfront work can go a long way to reducing the worries of new patients before their first encounter with you. Let’s consider three steps you can take to make the first visit a positive experience for everyone.
Can your patients be more grateful for your care? You betcha! We patients are pretty simple folk. We have only one request: to feel better. Our time in the clinic with you is progress. You relieve our pain through your hands-on manipulations as well as give us support and encouragement. Yet, we spend most
Patient-centered care, also known as value-based care, is about transforming the relationship between healthcare providers and patients from the traditional model (same treatment for similar problems) to individualized care. The individualized care provided is based on each patient’s unique preferences, background, lifestyle, and medical concerns. This topic has been trending in the past year
As the healthcare industry evolves, patient demand is increasing for value-based care from providers. Value-based healthcare is an emphasis on patients getting the full value from quality services and a push for preventive care. As the demand for value-based care increases so does the need for providers to accurately measure patient engagement. Patient engagement