This session will focus on how commonly used medical jargon, clinic interactions, and imaging reports can impact a patient during the present episode of care and long into the future. In order to facilitate the patients’ transition to a more active self-management approach to their treatment, an understanding of the basic concepts of therapeutic alliance and fear-avoidance are key. We will discuss literature pertaining to how language impacts a sense of self-efficacy on the part of the patient and the resulting impact on healthcare decisions and management. While these approaches are best practice for all patients, clinical indicators and outcome measures that can help identify patients in the most need of a targeted biopsychosocial approach will also be provided. Our words have power. Learn ways to avoid common pitfalls and to more effectively harness this impactful tool.
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
- Identify language commonly used in healthcare settings that can either positively or negatively impact patients with pain.
- Discuss the role of fear and anxiety in the pain experience and ways that language and treatment approaches can impact how a patient enters and/or remains in the pain cycle.
- Identify both self-report measures and clinical indicators that a biopsychosocial approach to pain treatment is indicated.