Researchers of Traditional, Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Medicine and Health

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Integrative Medicine as a Change Agent of Hospital Staff: From Hospital Orderlies to Partners in Health Promotion

Hospitalized individuals often experience intense feelings of anxiety. Medical staff can reduce patient distress by employing appropriate communication techniques that establish rapport and emphasize positive affirmations. Orderlies transport patients throughout the hospital to consultations and various procedures that are often the source of intense patient apprehension. Under such circumstances, the human encounter offers an opportunity to relieve anxiety. Yet the orderly staff receive no training to facilitate patients’ emotional comfort. Read more here.