Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Importance of Empathy in Patient Care
Importance of Empathy in Patient C beIntroductionCarl Rogers defines empathy (as cited in Patterson, 1977) as the ability to accurately perceive the internal frame of reference of an new(prenominal) psyche, as if one were with the other person. That is to say that if you could actually feel the emotions of some other, without passing through the physical experience. This exposition however, has been challenged.What another person experiences at a certain moment is not directly given. However, the presence of the other is directly given and so is the awareness that the other is experiencing self. This locoweednot be compared with other modesof experience. The experience of another is unique. This means that the other modes of experiencing only are of partial help in explaining how the subjective becomes intersubjective. It also means that thither is no doubt active who is experiencing primarily, and who is sharing or experiencing the experience of another. (Stein, E. 1989). Thes e two definitions however different, are both used today in managing of patient carry on in the medical profession. This paper go away briefly explore both definitions and will attempt to show sides of this complex subject. The research done for this paper will deal mostly with physician-patient and nurse/care provider-patient interactions. The goal of this paper is to show the importance of the role of empathy in providing quality patient care.CausesThose physicians and medical educators who advocate empathy in the physician-patient encounters, suggest that physicians who engage empathetically with patients increase not only the patients sense of satisfaction but also patientcompliance with therapeutic regimens and increased physiologic well-being. (Kim, Kaplowitz and Johnston, 2004).The persistent objection to empathy in the medical community comes from concern that empathy interferes with scientific and medical objectivity. What practitioners need are the skills to use their em otional responses for therapeutic impact. In the social realm, emotions are crucial of understanding reality. An awareness of ones associations and emotional resonances as cues to understanding the particular meanings that a symptom or diagnosis has for an individual. (New York Oxford Univ. Press, 2001). Both of there outlooks are important to good patient care. You can put yourself in the patients shoes and somewhat imagine what they are going through, while at the same succession being straight forward and real about the diagnosis. The question for many medical educators remains whether empathy, no matter how valuable or care fully reconfigured, can be taught.The problem of empathy begins with the preoccupation with self that obscures the other. Jerome Lowenstein (Can You T from each one Compassion? P16) sees case presentations as the opportunity for clinicians to teach nurses empathy by encouraging them to describe patients more fully as persons with intersecting social, psycho logical and medical histories, rather than reductively and disparagingly in terms of disorders, addictions and disease. Training in continuing care will be of small(a) value without doctors who know something of the life of the people whom they serve who can empathize with immigrants from Asia and Mexico, with southern or ghetto experience and who knew of the Holocaust and of communist oppression. (Spiro, 1992).Empathy depends on the experiences and imagination of the person who isempathizing and this dependency have the potential to exclude the patients suffering and the meaning the patient makes of suffering.ApplicationThe following story is a true-life experience that I encountered while working(a) for Gambro Health Care in Jackson, Michigan as a patient care technician. Gambro Health Care (Now DaVita) is an outpatient dialysis unit. Dialysis is the interposition for patients who suffer from end stage renal failure (kidney failure).While checking a patients vital signs and ask ing him how he was feeling, the patient told me how much he hated coming to dialysis and how draining the process was. He talked to me about the constant observation of his fluid intake, taking all the medications that were required for his condition and the cramping he experienced while on the dialysis machine. I could only empathize with this teen man, who was my age, putting myself mentally in his shoes. Because of the experience I had with dialysis patients, I learned how to listen to each patient story. Many of these patients had no one else to listen to them. I saw these patients for four hours, three days a week. I spent a lot of time with them over the years that they received their treatments.While I was talking with the patient, the nephrologist (kidney doctor) came by on his rounds of the patients. The patient proceeded to tell the doctor, his eyes full of tears, that he was thinking of terminating his dialysis treatments. The doctor proceeded to tell the patient, rather loudly, they if he terminated treatment he would be dead in a few days. Without even taking the time to sit down with the patient, the doctor left and went on to another patient. Needless to say, I was outraged. After a few moments, I asked our unit director why the doctor was so tactless and arrogant.So many patients each day that he is only giving proper diagnosis and alternatives if treatment is not followed. At that particular time, I figured out that I mustiness take time to listen to those patients, every one of them because I could be the difference between a decision for life or death.ImpressionsEven those4 health care practitioners who consciously privilege their patients experiences find themselves caught in a knot of power relations. The physician is always in power in the medical context, and such(prenominal) power subsumes even deliberate attempts to displace authority by acknowledging the patients subjectivity (The Doctor, 1991). To be ethical, clinical empathy mus t involve action, beginning with recognizing the broader social context of the patients health and well-being. With appropriate cautions, theories of clinical empathy should extend beyond the individual relation to socially determined inequities in health care.ConclusionEmpathy is a necessary ingredient for both doctor and nurse in the application of good patient care. Good communication between a doctor and patient whether good news or bad, should always be given in an empathetic manner. The ability to not only give good scientific reasoning or diagnosis to a patient. However, to give it in a manner that just does not give the facts, but also a feeling of I care about what youre going through and I will do all I can to help. As for nurses, our hands-on approach to the patient in need, gives us a retrieve to some what feel what they are going through and to be empathetic about their situation.