A healing presence yields better care, better health

@GlowimagesBob Cummings, my colleague in Michigan reports on a recent conference he attended on “Creating A Healing Presence.”  Here are excepts of his blog first published in the Midland Daily News.

“The public health care discussion increasingly includes more patient-centered care. Hospitals in Michigan and around the country are giving more attention to what patients want. And this care includes more and better listening and increased individual attention.

“It is not enough to just cure the infection or bandage the wound. We must care for the patient,” says Alan Briskin, Ph.D., in the book, “Daily Miracles — Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Health Care” which he co-authored with Jan Boller.

“According to Briskin, a healing presence includes a warm welcome, social intelligence, spiritual intelligence, deep listening (without judging), and compassion. At the end of the seminar, he invited the audience to have a collective conversation on the subject of the talk and asked us to consider the question, “What is the personal gift you bring to healing settings?”  To read more click here.

 

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?
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“If you cannot measure it, it doesn’t exist,” Brené Brown was told by a research professor when still an aspiring PhD student.” This is the start of a great new article recently published in Huffington Post by my colleague in England, Tony Lobl.  He continues:  “Now, many years later and a research professor in her own right, she begs to differ.  A video, based on insights from a large number of “human connection” stories she has amassed, proved her point. The TEDx talk, focusing on “our ability to empathize, belong, love”, resonated so deeply with the public that it went on to clock up 14 million views. ‘Perhaps stories are just data with a soul,’ Dr Brown told her audience in Houston.”

“In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a “divine connection” – often called prayer – are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life’s immeasurables. ” Click here to read more.

 

From Addiction to Freedom

From Addiction to Freedom
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For those of us in New Mexico – or anywhere – concerned about the prevalence of addiction, this blog by my colleague Wendy Margolese, “From Addiction to Freedom,” will be of interest.

Wendy shares, “Here are two experiences of complete recovery from addiction. Instead of succumbing to the disorder of addiction, both Martin and Ray chose order in their lives through the acknowledgement of a higher power – a divine and supportive influence – bringing not only health, but also freedom.”  To read more of this blog, originally publish on Canada’s Metroland Media Simcoe County  click here.