After the Diagnosis: How Patients React and How to Help Them by Gary McClain, Michelle Buchman

By Gary McClain, Michelle Buchman

AFTER THE analysis: HOW sufferers REACT and the way to assist THEM COPE presents readers with useful, reasonable instructions that aid sufferers harness either emotional and rational strengths as they convey with healthcare execs, assemble details, review treatments, make knowledgeable remedy judgements, and deal with their situation. AFTER THE prognosis is the 1st and merely publication to assist healthcare execs, nurses, physician's assistants, nursing assistants, and people from different allied professions know the way newly clinically determined sufferers react emotionally.

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Or did you find yourself seeking a quick solution to try to put the challenge behind you as soon as possible? Recognizing Patient Reactions The health-care team can greatly benefit from recognizing the reactions of patients to their diagnoses. As discussed previously, patients in flight, freeze, and fight reactions have widely differing orientations to their conditions, perceptions of control, and willingness to be involved in their medical destinies. Health-care professionals who are sensitive to these differences can leverage patients’ strengths and weaknesses as they approach diagnosis and treatment.

Those reacting this way may be unable to acknowledge their feelings at all, or they may have fatalistic views. Either option may cause patient inaction. Fight is the ideal response in that patients responding this way can harness both their emotions and their resources as tools for facing their conditions. Nearly all patients can be taught to be fighters. Those who cannot may continuously erect barriers to treatment compliance and life management. In addition to impacting the kinds of emotions and challenges newly diagnosed patients experience, the basic reactions of flight, freeze, and fight affect how patients cope with their emotions and confront their diagnoses.

When physicians provide the initial diagnoses, other members of the health-care team may be called on to answer patient questions about treatment, especially those related to side effects and recovery. The team members answering treatment questions may be involved with, if not primarily responsible for, ongoing treatment administration and supportive care, so it benefits patients when physicians begin discussing treatment plans with the nurses or medical assistants as soon as possible, to get all of the health-care team members involved in a dialogue with the patient.

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