Health Psychology Committee Report Kelly Schwebel

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Running head: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY COMMITTEE REPORT  1 Health Psychology Committee Report Kelly Schwebel HCA 250 July 24, 2011 Michelle Rose
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HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY COMMITTEE REPORT  2 Health Psychology Committee Report All hospitals need a reform plan for healthcare to be certain that every patient receives appropriate counseling during his or her hospital stay. Our hospital is no exception. We must be certain that when our patients leave our facility, they are able to care for themselves, using outpatient help as needed. Patient education is important: patients need to understand their illnesses, surgeries or procedures, what to expect from their hospital stays, how to care for their overall health, and how to care for themselves after being discharged. I have created a plan that will enlist the expertise of our five new psychologists. This plan will address all of the psychological healthcare needs of our patients. Each psychologist has been assigned specific duties as a means of ensuring ample psychological care for each patient. Our fifth employee is an outpatient pain management counselor. I believe that our patients will always be our patients, even after their discharge, and that we as a hospital have an ethical responsibility to provide them with services after their discharge, should they be needed. Each counselor is expected to follow specific criteria to ensure that they meet the multitude of needs that our past and present patients have. “Emotional labor is the work of regulating feelings in the context of employment. Providers of consumer-based mental health services help others through their use of autobiographical experiences. These providers thus routinely perform emotional labor as they negotiate their working relationships with other service users, consumer-provider colleagues, and non-consumer coworkers” (Mancini, Lawson, 2009). Thanks to our five new employees, our hospital is able to provide caring and comprehensive psychiatric care to the benefit of our patients. Our goal as a healthcare
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HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY COMMITTEE REPORT  3 facility is to help our patients achieve better health overall, which can be measured by improved adherence to medical regimens and shorter hospital stays. “Psychiatrists and clinical psychologists diagnose substance abuse on the basis of 3 criteria: 1. Failing to fulfill important obligations, such as in repeatedly neglecting a child or being absent from work. 2. Putting oneself or others at repeated risk for physical injury, for instance, by driving while intoxicated. 3. Having substance-related legal difficulties, such as being arrested for disorderly conduct” (Axia College, 2009). Addiction, in medical terminology, is the state in which a body is reliant on a substance
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