Introduction Healing hospital paradigm is a model in health care provision that focuses on recovery and return to wellness of the whole body. This is contrary to the cure model used in traditional hospital which focuses on eradicating the disease. Healing health care focus of the need of the entire being rather than focusing on curing the physical ailment. This concept advances the idea that apart from addressing the physical needs, the healing process should also address the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs.
The healing hospital paradigm is made up of three major components; these include; a culture of loving care, a healing physical environment and an integrated work design and technology. However, there are several challenges experienced when attempting to implement the healing environment in the traditional hospital environment. This paper will discuss the components of healing hospitals and the challenges involved in implementing the healing environment. Components of a Healing Hospital Healing hospital paradigm lays more emphasis on the patient’s healing environment.
This includes the kind of care the patient is receiving and the conditions the patient is exposed to when receiving treatment (Samueli Institute, 2010). Under the healing hospital paradigm, provision of care is not only limited to provision of medical intervention procedures and medication but also come down to how medical caregivers engage the patients and their relatives in the treatment process. This concept is based on the idea that emotional and spiritual wellbeing contributes to physical well being.
According to this paradigm, the physical body, the mind and the spirit make up one body and all this parts must be well if the whole person is to be okay. Therefore the healing hospital concept has laid more emphasis on treatment of patient with compassion and a culture of concern and radical loving. Under healing hospital paradigm, Practitioners have to support the physical as well as the emotional well being of the patients in stead of just concentrating on curing the disease (Baptist Healing Trust). Emphasis is placed on making the patient comfortable and preparing him or her psychologically for the intended treatment procedure.
Care givers need not only to demonstrate competency in addressing medical conditions but they also need to demonstrate the ability to deliver loving care and to go the extra mile to make the patient feel better (Samueli Institute, 2010). Compassion helps in meeting not only the patient’s physical needs but also their emotional and spiritual needs. The second component of healing hospital is a healing physical environment. It is has also become clear that the physical environment in which the patient is being treated also contributes to the healing process of the patient (Samueli Institute, 2010).
There many items that have been ignored concerning the physical environment of hospital. Scientific evidence has shown that rest is important to the healing process is it is during the period of rest that cell regenerate and the body rebuilds itself. However, many hospital setting are characterized by a noisy environment with pagers sounds all over and relatives and other staff conversing along the hospital corridors. A good healing environment should address such challenges and provide a tranquil environment for the patient’s recovery.
Most hospital have also not made the environment comfortable for the patient’s stay and the only think the patients thinks about while in the hospital bed is when he or she can get out of there. The healing paradigm suggests that hospital should provide an environment that promotes the patients satisfaction levels including; decent meals and entertainment. The third component is an integrated work design and technology. Healing hospitals have developed work design that enables medical professionals to provide enhanced services to the patients (Samueli Institute, 2010).
The healing hospitals have also adopted technologies that enable them to provide security, satisfaction, reduced cost, efficient services and privacy to the patients. These are among the key psychological needs that patients need in order to comfortably recover from their condition and healing hospitals integrate their hospital design and technologies with such needs. The design and technologies also enable medical practitioners to provide advanced care that will promote a more effective healing process to the patient. Challenges involved in implementing a Healing Environment.
The healing hospital paradigm is a very noble concept, however there are numerous challenges involved in implementing this concept in traditional hospital environment. One of the challenges of implementing a healing environment in the traditional hospital setting has to do with finances (Geffen, 2004). Providing a healing environment requires massive investments on facilities, technology, recruitment and training. Investment in facilitates and technology is required to ensure that the hospital physical environment has been integrated with the healing process.
Since, the hospital healing paradigm also emphasizes on provision loving and compassionate care a lot is required in terms of changing the mind set, skills and culture of medical practitioners. In a medical environment where everything is analyzed through the cost saving microscope convincing hospital administrations to undertake such expensive projects may be a daunting task. Legal challenges also form a barrier to the implementation of the healing concept (Geffen, 2004). The current hospital setting is characterized by many legal challenges including higher rates of litigation and escalating cost of insurance premium.
The healing concept is also likely to attract more cases of litigations as the concept is not yet fully accepted in health care. The current staff organization system also presents a challenge to the implementation of the system. The existing system groups health care staff in a hierarchical system while this model treats every staff as equally important to the patient well being and therefore should be treated as equal. There are also philosophical challenges involved in implementing the healing environment.
The traditional cure model solved the patient’s physical need by eliminating the disease using solidly proven scientific methods and procedures (Geffen, 2004). The healing model moves beyond this. The healing models address the patients physical as well as the emotional and spiritual needs. This implies that some of the procedures used will be based on subjective beliefs and not procedures that can be proven. This has raised question concerns how standards will be implemented and how the values that an organizations will adopt since the people served by these organizations have diverse beliefs and values.
Conclusion The healing hospital paradigm is a health care concept that focus of improving the entire well being of a patients rather than curing/ eliminating a disease. This concept has three main components; a culture of loving care, a healing physical environment and an integrated work design and technology. However, there are challenges in implementing the healing concept. This paper has discussed the component of the healing concept and the challenges involved in implementing the concept.
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