Assignment: Humaness motivation.
Assignment: Humaness motivation.
A PROFESSIONAL LEGACY
Through our professional relationships we reach out and with empathy show that we care hoping that from this car- ing that the person will find his or her own strength. The humanistic approach to patient care is the initial reason most health professionals entered their respec-
tive careers. Each of us is supposed to remember why we entered the human services system rather than have coursework that would intensify our commitment to the human being by the introduction of theories of humane- ness, motivation, and values. I would like to see our curricula increase their program content in the area of values and motivation. There are other groups of professionals, especially medical sociologists, who are trying to work their way into the
health system to effect change from within. They desire the position that fields such as occupational therapy hold— that of a primary service, professionally recognized by physicians and reimbursed by third party payment—because we are in the position to implement a total concept of health, a concept of caring. Also we are a recognized part of the health delivery system. Those who do understand and support the humanism of health delivery must exert their control and influence
in shaping the system in that direction. Health programs must be designed that support the patient’s need to have control of his life, especially while he is receiving health care. Clinical studies can be designed by occupational ther- apists relating to the outcome of care when the individual has control over his environment and is valued for his contribution to his care as opposed to giving up control. A growing body of evidence indicates there are limits to what medicine can be expected to accomplish. There
are still many unknowns. There is still healing, there is still coping, and there is still the individual who must sur- vive with dignity. The major chronic conditions must be dealt with and outside the strict medical model. Improvements in these
conditions require significant changes in personal life style, habits, and environmental conditions. Roger M. Battistella, in his essay “The Future of Primary Health Services,” states:
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