I’m studying and need help with a Psychology question to help me learn.
Based on the information provided to you in Chapter 4 of your textbook, please discuss one of the following: 250 words minimum.
1. The organization and practices of modern hospitals reflect the promotion of specialization and sub-specialization by academic health centers. What were the advantages and disadvantages to patients of increasing the number of physicians who limit their activities to narrower fields of practice?
2. Organizations such as the LeapFrog Group represent a growing trend to survey and report on the quality of hospital care and to make the findings available to the public. What are your opinions about the public’s readiness to deal with having this information available and using it to make choices about medical care?
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The organization and practices of modern hospitals reflect the promotion of specialization and sub-specialization by academic health centers. What were the advantages and disadvantages to patients of increasing the number of physicians who limit their activities to narrower fields of practice?
Specialization and subspecialization are increasingly common in medicine. Some of the medical subspecialties, such as cardiology, offer additional “subspecialty” training. As the amount of technical knowledge of medicine increases in all areas, physicians must progressively narrow down their fields to maintain accurate performance and expertise. As the book says, today specialization and subspecialization grow, subdivide, and grow more. This has advantages and disadvantages. During this process, the general technological sophistication of hospital practice inevitably increased, as did the number of costly consultations by specialist physicians in a hospital. To this, we add the large expenses in equipment, supplies, and space necessary to care for patients within these subspecialties. Specializations can fragment and depersonalize patient care, while producing a plethora of often questionable clinical trials, procedures, and interventions.
Despite living in an era of technology, specializations can bring problems in communicating information to the patient, due to the increase of doctors and other professionals in charge of taking care of the health of the same person. It is often difficult to transfer patient records and test results and make them available to so many specialists.
It is also valid to note that as medical professionals specialized in their respective fields, the benefits became evident. Specialty healthcare providers can see more patients and reduce medical errors. Patients may have a better knowledge of their disease or condition, as well as a safer and more specific treatment. If specialization is combined with coordinated care, the results for both provider and patient will be favorable.
Before answering the question, I think it’s important to backtrack and acknowledge that the explosion of science and technology in the 1970s resulted, among other things, in the encouragement of physicians to specialize in a particular area of their field. Advances in technology have made it “modern” for there to be specializations and sub-specializations. However, like all things, that has its pros and cons. On one hand, this allows for there to be proper use of the modern tools there are in the health industry, as well as the information gained through thorough research. Also, it prepares physicians in specific areas that allow them to provide a higher quality of care for those patients who need particular attention and treatment.
Sultz and Young (2018) state that an important factor to be considered is the increment of the overall technological sophistication of hospital practice along with the number of costly consultations that take place among specialist hospital physicians. Although this preps hospitals to be more up to par, it is highly expensive to afford specialist and sub’-specialist practices due to the costs of the equipment, supplies and maintained spaces. This will surely impact hospital bills, which is one of the biggest concerns in the American society regarding patients seeking care. In my opinion, there should be balance in terms of the general practitioners and specialists in hospitals, so that there is a wide range of health professionals to access, without increasing costs too much. I also think it’s important to consider that having an even distribution benefits the population, since too broad of a practice or too specialized of a practice could limit the amount of people able to access quality care
.Organizations such as the LeapFrog Group represent a growing trend to survey and report on the quality of hospital care and to make the findings available to the public. What are your opinions about the public’s readiness to deal with having this information available and using it to make choices about medical care?
Answer: In my own opinion regarding the public’s readiness to deal with having hospital care findings available to the public is a very important thing and is much needed. In todays day and age, health care is a huge topic in this country. I remarried in 2004 to my husband named Robert, and combined we each have three children, which totaled to a family of eight. Thankfully we were/are covered under his medical insurance through his employment as it would prove to be very needed in our future after getting married. Besides having broken bones, tears in muscles, wisdom teeth all taken out, and the regular things that children get while playing sports my husband has had quite a bit of health issues.
Just a few months after getting married, he tore the tendon in his thumb on his right hand which is his gun hand as he is a police officer. He has had multiple tears from from his shoulders, his right pectoral, rotator cuffs of both shoulders, right biceps tear, left elbow broken, and he was shot in the right elbow which needed reconstructive surgery. He had an ATV accident at work which hurt his back and therefore had to have surgery to fix those issues. In 2016 he was diagnosed with cancer in his prostate which he had to have completely removed. Than in 2017 he had a massive heartache in front of me and flat lined twice in the hospital. Needless to say we have been to many doctor visits, appointments, surgeries and what not. I am just happy that he has survived all of that and is now currently in good health and about to retire this year after 29 years of service.
With all of that said, being able to research the best solutions of care for him and selection of specialists and doctors I truly know made that difference. Our health and medical care is crucial and our right living in this amazing country. Their should always be transparency when it comes to our hospitals, doctors, and anything pertaining to our health that can either save us, cure us, or hurt us ,and even worse kill us. I feel very confident that being in 2021 has left all of us highly questionable when it comes to our medical care or that of our loved ones.
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