The Art of Healthcare

Hosted ByChris Desmond

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Making sense of the rules of health

The Art of Healthcare
The Art of Healthcare
Making sense of the rules of health
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How do people make sense of their health? And how does that inform their health behaviours?


Two questions that this week’s guest Ben Darlow has been pondering for quite some time. How do we as health professionals help people make sense of their health, all the health information that is out there, and hopefully nudge them towards healthier behaviours in the long run.

Today we talk through

  • The spectrum of beliefs
  • When rules around healthcare are helpful, and when (most of the time) they’re not
  • Going from population based health information to applying it at an individual level
  • Exploring health beliefs – our patient’s and our own
  • Some of the beliefs that get in the way of recovery
  • Equipping someone to make their own @rules@ about health
  • “Some of it’ll be in your body. Some of it will be in your head. Some of it will be in your world. Some of it will be in your past. Some, it will be a future”
  • Creating a safe container for sharing healthcare information
  • Co-creating frameworks for patients to experience their recovery through
  • How a biomedical orientation and fear avoidance go hand in hand
  • How we can go about challenging our own biases
  • Why it’s vital we adopt a scientific mindset towards our practice
  • How we can get better at dealing with uncertain healthcare situations

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