Research into a new, proactive way of dealing with patients and others who get out of control in medical facilities was the subject of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
You can listen to their conversation via the SoundCloud link above.
Loveless is the co-author of a study of a way for health care professionals to decrease the likelihood of violence in the workplace. The emphasis was on training workers on ways to prevent and manage difficult patient behaviors.
After training 46 staffers at a major hospital, researchers divided them into an intervention unit and a comparison unit that did not implement the new training.
Over a three-month period of observation, the study noted, behavioral emergencies decreased by 50 percent in the intervention unit and increased 142 percent in the comparison unit.
“Good health care delivery rests on collaboration between …the health care provider and the patient who’s receiving the care,” Loveless said. “It doesn’t matter how good a cardiologist you are, how good a psychiatrist you might be. If your patient isn’t going to consent … to do the things you’re asking them to do, you can’t help them.”
The study was published earlier this year in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.
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