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Build Confidence in Anesthesia Patients for Better Outcomes

July 29, 2021 | 7:50 pm | Info Articles
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Self-confidence in a patient helps them to see their life in a positive light even when things aren’t going so well, such as going into a complex surgery.

As an anesthesia specialist, you need to inspire your patients to face their fears head-on. Self-confident people are admired by others and inspire confidence in others. Make sure they know that no matter what obstacles may come their way, together you have the ability to get past them. Put some positive enthusiasm into your interaction, and be sincerely excited to begin the procedure at hand. Don’t focus on the problems, instead focus on solutions and making a positive outcome.

Male Anesthesiologist Interacting with Patient

With good posture and a smile, you will make others feel more comfortable around you which helps build patient confidence. Look at the person you are speaking to, not at your shoes. Keeping eye contact shows confidence. Speak slowly. Research has proved that those who take the time to speak slowly and clearly appear more self-confident to others, which again, helps build confidence in them.

Just What is Confidence?

Confidence is a person’s belief that a chosen course of action is the right choice and that they can properly perform that action. As a personality trait, confidence is sometimes referred to as self-confidence. This term describes the attitudes and beliefs people hold regarding their abilities and strengths. People who have high levels of self-confidence may feel sure they will achieve what they set out to do. 

Confidence in others is a belief that people will perform their jobs well, live up to expectations, or keep their promises. By applying active listening and using positive affirmations to improve a patient’s overall self-confidence, you help to build their faith in your abilities as the anesthesiology specialist.

Why is Self-Confidence Important?

Some people experience negative effects from a lack of self-confidence. Individuals that feel inferior in their state of mind, have little drive to succeed. In healthcare, we need as much positive energy as possible out of patients. Working to develop greater self-confidence in your patients can be very beneficial for most, as self-confidence can not only prevent difficulties but also help to increase mental and emotional well-being.

The more a person believes in the self, the more empowered that person is likely to feel, especially with regard to trying new things or going into an uncomfortable procedure. As a result, they may experience less fear and anxiety and be more likely to approach the situation with a positive mindset rather than an anxious or fearful one.

You Can Build Your Patient’s Confidence

An anesthesia specialist’s job is comprised of many tasks: evaluating, diagnosing, interpreting, counseling, treating, and more. While all of these responsibilities are significant, to be truly effective, a physician needs to do one thing exceptionally well:  listen.

Consumer preferences and expectations are changing the healthcare landscape and each patient comes with a unique experience, perspective and problem. They are looking to tell their story and have it be received with compassion and translated into actionable care.  By taking the time to really listen and understand their concerns and fears, a partnership can develop.  Essentially, a mutually beneficial plan of treatment.  Patients will become more confident, more trusting, and more motivated to take control of their health.  

Effective ways for connecting meaningfully with your patients:

1. Maintain Eye Contact – When you focus more on what your patient is saying and you are able to maintain eye contact, you might also pick up some visual emotional cues. 

2. Repeat or Summarize What Was Said – This gives the patient the opportunity to adjust or confirm their remarks.

3. When Listening, Just Listen – Often, they just need the opportunity to vent or talk it out.  Initially, try not to jump in with solutions.

Medical visits and procedures are often very scary for patients, and often times, their internet research can only exacerbate their fear and reluctance to pursue treatment.  Effectively listening to your patients can help you communicate expectations and ensure that outcomes are driven by the patient’s treatment goals. 

Better listening and communication skills provide the foundation for an optimal patient-doctor relationship. You will instill confidence in your patients, driving them to take greater control of their health and improving outcomes.  These important skills will not only lead to increased patient satisfaction but also your own.

Sources:

5 Remarkably Powerful Ways to Boost Your Confidence. inc.com

Confidence. goodtherapy.org

These 3 Skills Can Build Your Patient’s Confidence and Lead to Better Outcomes. healthgrades.com