In relationship-centred treatment, the caregiver or doctor goes an extra mile to establish a long-lasting bond with the patient. You might be interested to know that this approach is nowadays being implemented in rehabilitation centres and home care facilities.
Before the discovery of the new approach, the doctors could only treat their patients and be done with it. However, this new method of treatment has changed the way patients interact with caregivers.
In the past, patients regarded caregivers and doctors as people who are paid to attend to them. But now the doctors and caregivers are viewed as professionals who offer emotional support in a patient’s greatest hour of need.
At the end of the day, relationship centred treatment creates a win-win scenario for all.
Here is a list of the major benefits seen to have been achieved by embracing relationship centred treatment.
Instils a sense of belonging
Patients usually feel like they don’t belong anywhere. Sadly, many of them feel rejected by the people they love. The doctors and caregivers, on the other hand, feel that patients seek them when they need medical attention. When relationship centred treatment is embraced, both parties get a sense of belonging.
Whilst creating relationships like this can be demanding, all a patient really needs is someone who can listen to him without judging his actions.
A sense of belonging is also fostered when both parties respect each other. For instance, caregivers or doctors don’t make a decision about treatment without first consulting the patient. This means that the caregivers can’t force a patient to accept their decision. This eventually leads to mutual respect. In fact, respect is one of the building blocks that help in groups such as Peace Club intact.
High Rate of Success
When caregivers open up to patients and vice versa, there is likely to be a higher rate of success in administering treatments, not least because the patient is given ample time to talk about the issues that are bothering them.
Offering one on one sessions also allows the caregiver to understand the underlying problem rather than generalizing issues. In fact, research shows that every medical problem has an underlying problem that must be solved to guarantee that it doesn’t happen again in future.
The other advantage of these open and frank relationships is that the caregiver can tailor a more effective solution without leaving any room for mistakes. The overall result of this is that greater numbers of patients are healed and the caregivers are satisfied with their results.
In situations where patients are given the same care, the rate of success tends to be low. This is because there are many patients who will not respond well to one treatment.
In relationship centred treatment, every patient is treated differently even if their condition is not unique. Doctors and caregivers know only too well that everyone is different and will not necessarily respond to treatment in the same way. Solutions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual patient.
Reduced Cost of Treatment
There are many cases where patients have been misdiagnosed or in other words, treated for a condition that they didn’t have. This usually happens when the caregivers don’t listen to what the patient is saying.
In an attempt to get to the bottom of their symptoms, the patient may end up seeking treatment from different facilities in vain, which in return can incur a lot of extra costs.
When caregivers interact more often with patients, they are able to know exactly what’s ailing them. This helps in cutting back on the cost of treatment.