Summary: A new study shows that patients are increasingly looking for personalized care. They are not seeking just treatment for acute health issues. Instead, they want that the doctors be aware of their emotional issues. This is especially vital considering that curing many chronic health issues is quite challenging. Most patients say that they think that doctors should focus more on the stress management of their patients.
Although medical science has progressed much in the last 50 years, still this does not mean that patients are satisfied with the healthcare system. On the contrary, there are some areas in which the healthcare system has somewhat regressed.
Unlike in the good old days of family medicine, when doctors paid much attention to patients, knew them well, and interacted well with patients -modern doctors are more focused on diagnosing and treating disease conditions. However, a new CVS Health 2022 study confirms that people expect much greater attention from healthcare providers. They expect a holistic approach.
Humans should not be treated as machines where you diagnose the issue and then rectify the problem. People are emotional beings. There is a connection between mental health, emotional state, and health. Thus, the study shows that people expect their healthcare providers to be more involved in their various life aspects. They want doctors to consider emotional factors, understand various stresses they are undergoing and have a better understanding of their life in general.
When patients were asked whether they preferred overall well-being, or decreasing stress levels, an overwhelming 81% said that they want their healthcare provider to be aware of their emotional needs and overall happiness. Therefore, doctors must be aware of how they deal with day-to-day emotional stress.
Health experts say that this discussion has become increasingly common as most experts realize there is a need for change, with doctors focusing more on patient well-being. That is why many have been talking about value-based care in recent years.
Value-based healthcare is a healthcare delivery model focusing on delivering high-quality healthcare services while reducing costs. It aims to prioritize the well-being of patients and the outcomes they experience rather than the volume of services provided.
In value-based healthcare, providers are incentivized to collaborate with one another and provide coordinated care tailored to each patient’s needs. This model is based on the idea that high-quality care should lead to improved health outcomes, lower costs, and increased patient satisfaction.
The main objective of value-based healthcare is to improve health outcomes and patient experiences while reducing costs. This is achieved by reducing waste and duplicative services, improving coordination of care, and focusing on prevention and wellness. In addition, the model incentivizes healthcare providers to work together and use data and technology to deliver personalized care focused on the patient’s needs.
Of course, the value-based model is just an example. Researchers say that it is irrelevant what the framework is called. Vital is to understand that patients want personalized care. They want holistic healthcare.
People expect doctors not just focus on treating the problem at hand. Instead, they must have a broader look. Such an approach would also be more effective at preventing health disorders.
Experts say that personalized patient support is more important than realized earlier. Just take an example of “long Covid,” a condition when a person continues to suffer from various health issues long after recovering from the acute Covid infection. They often experience fatigue, mood swings, sleep issues, cough, intermittent fever, and more. Unfortunately, science still does not understand the cause of the condition. However, personalized attention to patients can help in such instances.
Therefore, many believe that the future of medicine is in providing personalized patient care. Moreover, no two patients are the same, even if they have a similar diagnosis.
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