3 Importance of Lifelong Learning Lifelong learning: all purposeful learning activities World changing faster than ever before Technological advances New products Learning continues after graduation Need to keep up with changes on the job
4 Keeping Up With Changes in Health Care The ongoing changes in health care require ongoing education. –Constant changes means knowledge quickly becomes outdated Graduation is end of formal training, but beginning of lifetime learning Cross-Training is resulting in an expansion of duties rather than increased specialization. –The increase in third-party payers of health care costs means that health care workers need to learn more about coding and billing.
13 Dealing With Prejudice “Minority” groups of the past now make up significant percentages of the total population. Prejudice defined –Prevents seeing people as unique individuals Don’t assume. Be respectful and collect information about the beliefs of the patients. Ex. Spanish speaking doesn’t always mean Catholic. –Leads to unfavorable judgments –Almost everyone has prejudices –Must identify prejudice to deal with it Being aware of your own prejudice allows you do deal with them. Difficult to recognize because they become part of our belief system or reality.
16 Health Care Beliefs Respect these beliefs, but it does NOT mean the patient knows best. –Evil Eye: stare that can cause physical harm. –Charm: protects against evil spirits –Yin and Yang: opposing energy forces that influence health –Tai chi: movements that promote flexibility and healthy joints –Hot-cold principle: classification of illnesses with corresponding medications and foods.
20 Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs Developed by American Psychologist, Abraham Maslow You can move up without completely realizing the previous step. Understanding this allows you to understand patient motivations for their behavior.