The Theory Of Goal Attainment With Patients

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There are many theories of ways to improve patient satisfaction in the emergency department. One of those theories are to use goal attainment with patients so that they are a part of the care plan and when their goal is met they feel as if they had a part in making a difference in their health care needs. Patient satisfactions plays a huge role in how hospitals are reimbursed through Medicare, therefore allowing a patient to set goals that are achievable will give them a higher satisfaction when that goal is met, giving them an overall pleased feeling about how they were cared for. In 1981, Imogene King developed a theory that was originally a grand theory called the Conceptual System. From this theory she developed a mid-range theory that was called the Theory of Goal Attainment. In this paper we will discuss the King 's theory, provide clear and coherent synthesis regarding the assumptions of the theory, and an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the theory. Length of stay, patient satisfaction and left without being seen are phrases that every emergency room nurse and physician knows all too well. These items can be changed by the use of goal attainment. By implementing goals with patients this can also decrease the LOS and patient satisfaction while at the same time decreasing the LWBS numbers. Upper management are using these terms on a daily basis and continue to bring them to the forefront of care. The problem that occurs is that nurses are being told that
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