We need to help patients to help themselves

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    Abstract

    Performing the same task day after day, week after week is not only predictably routine, there is also a danger that we may avoid doing it altogether. Perhaps worse, fear of losing face may result in us telling people we have been performing the task when, in fact, we haven’t.
    Imagine you’re a therapist treating a patient, let’s call her Susan, and expecting
    her to self-manage her lymphoedema. However, at follow-up visits you continue
    to see poor outcomes, despite assurances from her that she is carrying out the
    treatment at home. You might mistakenly change Susan’s treatment in the belief
    that what you have recommended is not working when, in actual fact, she has been
    neglecting to do as you asked.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6
    Number of pages1
    JournalJournal of Lymphoedema
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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