Getting patients to consistently follow treatment plans, especially when self-management and prevention are major components, is no easy feat. But can we really blame them? We’re expecting patients with chronic disease to develop new skills, knowledge and habits almost overnight.
The more psychologists probe the depths of human behavior, the more we realize how complex the human psyche is. For instance, people act on principles they value and believe, and their choices are also highly motivated by emotions, circumstances, and current mental state. Plus, physiological changes can alter all of the previously mentioned factors.
Humankind is constantly innovating new solutions to old problems - a pen and ink instead of a chisel and stone. We call these innovations technology. Going back as far as recorded history, technology has shaped nations, politics, and the world as we know it today.
Patient education, patient engagement, behavior change are all trending topics in the current healthcare climate. The importance of these topics hinges on two important results integrated delivery networks invest themselves in - improved patient outcomes and lower medical costs.
When it comes to behavior change, patients face countless influences - both from within and from without. These external and internal factors create a wide spectrum of challenges in developing better habits.
Human beings are complex. Not only do we have a physical and emotional side, but all facets of our being are intertwined with each other. The emotional state affects the mental, and the mental influences the physical, and so on and so forth. Psychologists have grappled with these human complexities for centuries, proposing many theories along the way.
Among the many crises facing U.S. healthcare, the upward trend of diabetes and chronic disease is a major concern. While healthcare needs to continue treating and addressing diabetes, they also need to address contributing factors with the same vigor.
Studies show that people living with chronic conditions benefit from human support in the form of online communities, where they can interact with peers and help each other achieve lasting change.
Everyone wants better healthcare outcomes. That’s why millions of dollars are spent each year on medical resources. But are these dollars translating into better healthcare?
In the United States healthcare spending per capita ranges from 50 to 200 percent higher than in other developed countries. Despite the rise in cost, life expectancy has dropped for three years straight in the U.S. So while healthcare costs are rising, quality of care isn’t necessarily following suit.