Physical therapy patients engagement is when patients become involve in their own care. This results when there is continuous communication between physical therapy patients and the health care provider. This leads to lesser demands on the health care system and patients enjoy improvement in their health because they take an active role.
Engagement will mean that physical therapy patients can make choices on their treatment based on their preferences. This shows patients that the provider is committed to their care. Physical therapy patients will have more satisfaction because they have a share in making decisions about their health.
However, providers must not forget that their role is primarily to give treatment and care. They must give all the facts and advise physical therapy patients accordingly. Even as patients are expected to actively engage with their own treatment and care, providers must make sure that the choices physical therapy patients are appropriate.
Physical therapy patients are engaged through technology. Healthcare providers can provide online portals for the patients to be view their health records, appointment, test results, online resources and be able to contact their providers directly to ask questions.
Engaging and involving physical therapy patients achieves meaningful use because it empowers them to be updated about their health at their convenience.
One drawback about using technology to engage physical therapy patients is that a significant number of them are not familiar with the latest technology and reluctant to use it. There is also the issue of security of online data and training of all users.
With this in mind, technology must not be the sole option but must be used as an adjunct to other tools and strategies in engaging the participation of physical therapy patients. Healthcare providers might get pointers from teachers.
Teachers find a way to make boring schoolwork fun and interesting and healthcare providers can do this as well by adding enthusiasm and avoiding routines. This way, physical therapy patients will find engagement exciting which leads to their active participation.
Peer groups are effectively used by teachers to provide support for each other. That can be done as well to engage physical therapy patients. Healthcare providers can initiate a forum or form a group of patients with similar medical conditions. Knowing and talking to someone in the same situation will assure patients that they are not alone.
Teachers also involve families of students who are struggling. In the same manner, therapists can ask families of physical therapy patients to participate in the care and treatment of their loved ones. Patients will be encouraged because they know that there are others who care about their welfare.
The common denominator in these strategies is the teacher. Taking a hint from the teachers, physical therapists can strengthen engagement by making a deeper connection with their physical therapy patients.