It's a Role of the Dice!!!

(but it shouldn't be!)

I have talked with many other cancer patients about how they were treated as people while going through the treatment for their disease.  I have also spoken with a number of healthcare providers, both licensed medical personnel and unlicensed support staff, and I have come away with one central idea. The quality of personal care you are going to get, while undergoing your medical care, is a crap shoot!

The issue of rendering high-quality PERSONAL CARE while you are seeing to a patient's medical care is not a complicated issue; but, it is not adequately considered by many practitioners in the healthcare community, especially for unlicensed staff.  My goal in developing my Compassionate Care training is to teach some basic principles to medical personnel that will exponentially improve how their patients feel, emotionally and physically, while they are enduring their medical treatment.  My training revolves around (X) simple principles:

  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Karma
  • Whatever else you can think of...

This is not completely one-sided.  While it is perfectly reasonable to expect that anyone working in healthcare should exercise empathy and compassion when dealing with people who are sick; patients can also learn to use a few simple tools to improve their interactions with medical staff.  After all, your goal as a patient is to get as much high-quality care as is necessary to make a full recovery.  As the old saying goes, you get more with honey than you do with vinegar.