Recognizing emotional reactions can enhance patient satisfaction and lead to a more productive relationship between patients and healthcare professionals. Emotional awareness is empowering!
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 12, 2013
Dr. Gary McClain recently published an article for health professionals on how to recognize emotional reactions in their newly-diagnosed patients, “Diagnosed with a catastrophic medical condition: How patients react,” on his website, JustGotDiagnosed.com. A specialist in the emotional impact of chronic and catastrophic illnesses, Gary McClain, PhD, developed JustGotDiagnosed.com to address a serious need he saw going unfulfilled; namely, a way for newly-diagnosed patients to receive help in coping with their emotional reactions to their diagnosis. Dr. McClain also blogs on the patient social networking site, AllianceHealth.com.
Dr. McClain bases his discussion of the emotional reactions to a medical diagnosis on how individuals react to a stressful event: fight, flight, freeze. These basic reactions, in turn, impact the kinds of emotions that newly-diagnosed patients experience, and how they cope with these emotions, as well as how they deal with their diagnosis from a rational standpoint, e.g. information gathering.
“For healthcare professionals, understanding and recognizing how patients are reacting to their diagnosis can be of mutual benefit to them and their patients,” McClain said. “For example, while patients experience a range of emotions in reaction to their diagnosis, understanding whether a patient is having a Flight, Freeze, or Fight will guide healthcare professionals in gauging readiness to receive information, so that it is presented in manner to which patients will most likely be receptive.
“If the healthcare team is sensitive to the implications of these reactions for patients, time and energy can be focused in ways that leverage the patient’s strengths as well as weaknesses in how they approach their diagnosis and treatment.”
His supplementary textbook for healthcare professionals, AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: HOW PATIENTS REACT AND HOW TO HELP THEM COPE (Cengage/Delmar, 2010), is based on this approach. The article was also published on the website, cancernursing.org.
McClain emphasized that ”recognizing emotional reactions can enhance patient satisfaction and lead to a more productive relationship between patients and healthcare professionals. Emotional awareness is empowering!”
About Dr. Gary McClain and JustGotDiagnosed.com
Dr. Gary McClain is a therapist, educator, patient advocate and author who specializes in working with individuals who have been diagnosed with chronic and catastrophic medical conditions, focusing on issues that include coping emotionally, gathering information, making lifestyle and treatment decisions, managing relationships, and communicating with healthcare professionals. As "Dr. Gary," he blogs on patient social networking boards on AllianceHealth.com. Founded and developed by Dr. McClain, JustGotDiagnosed.com offers information, guidance and inspiration for newly diagnosed patients, their caregivers, and healthcare professionals. His program for newly-diagnosed patients, Prepared for the Road Ahead ™, is focused on emotions, lifestyle management, communications, and vision for the future. Visit JustGotDiagnosed.com.