Improving Patient Centered Rehabilitation And Care

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The role of the physiotherapist is constantly evolving within our health service and the need to be at the forefront of patient-clinician innovations has never been greater. With half of women and 43% of men in England now regularly taking prescription drugs (HSCIC, 2013) the need for a holistic approach is more important than ever. Physiotherapists are trained in holistic approaches from the very beginning at university and this way of thinking is a fundamental part of the practice. Promoting patient-centred rehabilitation and care is paramount to achieving the agreed goals with the patient. But what about over the long term? With 18 million people living with long term conditions (LTCs) and, for example 3 million living with 3 or more…show more content…
‘Using a three-pronged approach to embed self-care and effect a change in the way the service, the workforce and the public interacted’ (NICE 2009). NICE also launched a patient leaflet, a website titled ‘Your health, Your way’ and a communications campaign in 2008 ‘The first national self-care week was launched in November 2009 to raise awareness of self-care and build on local implementation of self-care initiatives’ (NICE 2009) Keeping Fit with a Chronic Condition (KICC) offers local classes in Yoga, Pilates, Hydrotherapy and meditation in East and Midlothian. In January 2015 KICC will begin its seventh year of operation (KICC 2011). And finally, the latest ‘buzzword’ among physiotherapy staff and others working with people with LTCs across the UK is ‘Co-production’ (CSP 2014). What is becoming clear is that as the population ages and our working lives extend further into later life, we are going to see higher rates of people living with one or more LTCs (CSP 2013). The future of physiotherapy is opaque in some senses as it is an evolving profession, providing solutions as new problems arise. When it comes to working with people with LTCs though, it is quite clear that we need to engage people in their own healthcare. Engagement includes taking part in decision making and maintaining their own general health through informed choices and
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