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“New” Healthcare Buzzwords

Watch television, listen to the radio or read the newspaper and you are bound to come across an advertisement with some of the new buzzwords in healthcare: “patient centric” and “evidence based”. How is that these are “new” concepts in healthcare??

I have been a physical therapist for over 20 years now and I’d like to think that for my entire career I have been using “evidence based” treatment when delivering care…and using a “patient centric” approach. I am also pretty sure that all the patients that I have seen over that 20+ years would like to think that too.

I understand there are lots of places just “seeing” patients because it’s their job. Just like any job. You come in, you see your quota and go home. Doesn’t make you bad at what you do and you might even get pretty good results, right? Sure, why not?? If only a few places are now using the new buzzwords, what kind of care can you expect to find at these other places? Or, have the places now touting “evidence based, patient centric” care just finding out about this now and changing their ways.

There is no shortage of fraud in healthcare. You would like to believe that everyone that works in healthcare has a higher calling…do no harm. But unfortunately that isn’t the case, and it’s also one of the reasons there is increasing oversight from the federal government…to stop fraud, to stop abuse and to get professionals to be “patient centric” and use “evidence based” medicine.

I don’t know about you, but when I go to the doctor (or receive any healthcare for that matter), I want someone who has chosen their profession as a career, not just a job. I want that person to always be using evidence based care and being patient centric, because it’s my body we are talking about here. Same goes for the guy fixing my car, or managing my 401K or preparing my food at the restaurant I am eating at…I want someone giving me their best, because I trust them to be doing that anyway.

I know it’s the way I started treating patients 20+ years ago and it will be the way I continue to treat patients for the rest of my career…it’s not new, it’s just the way it should be.

Michael Vacon, PT
Managing Partner, Blue Hills Sports & Spine Rehabilitation
User of evidence, focused on patients