Education and Communication
The two most important aspects of any plan of care are education and exercise. Manual therapy, modalities, dry needling, ASTM, etc. are only short term and often nothing more than a placebo. To create lasting changes and build patient autonomy, we must master the art of education. This is a challenge.
Punching people in the face with facts does not work. I don't care where you went to school, how many letters are behind your name, or who you have treated in the past; if you simply talk at your patients you will struggle to help them. Communication is s skill to be learned and honed.
Below are a handful of studies that have completely changed the way I approach patient education. Understanding the difference between learning and performance and the integration of motivational interviewing have allowed me to build deeper relationships and deisng more effective plan of cares.
I added the article on resilience as much of our assessment and education focuses on risk factors. Instead of solely focusing on the problems, address the positives a patient brings to the treatment table. Resilience factors are powerful.
I highly encourage using these studies as a spring board for further development in communication and patient education.