Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t End at the Physician’s Door PART V

Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t  End at the Physician’s Door  PART V

Patient and Program Evaluation  

Patient’s goals may be short term, midterm, and long term goals. Goals are tracked on a regular basis during coach and patient interactions. An evaluation of the patient’s progress can be monitored monthly, every three months, and yearly if necessary. Using the initial assessment, progress on personal moods, goal attainment, motivations, stressors, and concerns would be evaluated to determine growth and improvement. If goals need to be re-established or adjusted to keep the patient on track, the evaluation would allow for such monitoring.

The evaluations would also provide program and success monitoring. As patients are more confident in moving along with their goals and …

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Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t End at the Physician’s Door PART 6

Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t  End at the Physician’s Door PART 6

 

Patient/Coach Connection 

Patients may be recommended to the coach through self-contact, friends, family, or physicians. Initial appointments are set with the coach over the phone or email.  Appointments are set immediately as patients may be less apt to follow up on their own due to a lack of confidence or confusion. This would require a relationship and understanding of services between the patient and the health/wellness coach.  Appointments can take place in a home, via telephone or video conference, or in person in a public location.  The ideal situation requires a rapport and trust be developed between the patient and the coach so as to provide the …

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Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t End at the Physician’s Door PART IV

Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t  End at the Physician’s Door PART IV

How it Works 

I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor.  I am a personal coach and a health and wellness coach.  I have a Master’s degree in Psychology and utilize continuing education to update myself on current issues trauma patients may experience. I have over 25 years of experience in coaching, mentoring, and training. I also use my personal experiences and research to assist patients who are experiencing difficulties in making the transition from patient to a strong mind and body.

Patients, who are trying to heal physically, need guidance they can trust, from someone that understands their struggles. Such a guide would assist in recognizing psychological …

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Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t End at the Physician’s Door PART III

Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t  End at the Physician’s Door – PART III

Research Has Been Done

Mental health issues and physical health illnesses are often interconnected. Research has shown patients with chronic or serious health issues, often experience mental health problems as well. The two are often intertwined, making it difficult for medical doctors to recognize the symptoms of the psychological issues.  For example:

Professor David Goldberg of the Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK, reports that the rate of depression in patients with a chronic disease is almost three times higher than normal. He explains, “Depression and chronic physical illness are in reciprocal relationship with one another: not only do many chronic illnesses cause higher rates of depression, but …

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Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t End at the Physician’s Door PART II

Care for Trauma Patients Shouldn’t  End at the Physician’s Door – PART II

Coaching Through Personal Experience 

In April of 2012, I took my children (14 & 17 years old) from Arizona to see my father in Nebraska for what we thought would be a final visit. He was considered terminal due to an original diagnosis of esophageal cancer.   At the time, I was a single mother with no paternal assistance and was experiencing a great deal of external stress. We were prepared for a four day visit and expected to return for his funeral at another time. Upon arrival, we found my father unable to communicate and unconscious most of the time. After almost a week with my family …

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