As audiologists, we need to manage and negotiate change in our daily routines to navigate through ever shifting demands and requirements.
Many audiologists have a desire to enhance patient care, but making an individual change in practice, such as implementing new tools, principles and methods (such as Ida tools) can be difficult. For example, changing habits can place you out of your comfort zone, or it may require you to acquire new knowledge. And if you have been able to make changes, your next challenge may involve engaging colleagues and convincing supervisors in your clinical practice to see the benefits of the new approach.
On top of this, many health care systems aim to increase the quality of care for an increasing number of patients yet place restrictions on resources. The situation comes full circle, making it necessary for audiologists to make significant changes in their individual practice to meet these expectations.
At our 2012 seminar series, we will apply our collaborative approach to understand the realities facing audiologists, explore the barriers to change, and craft a way to move ahead.
Our goal is to develop strategies and practical tools to overcome existing barriers to change and establish a patient-centered approach as a foundation in daily practice.
Each seminar series, we collaborate with a Faculty made up of subject matter experts to provide input and help direct the collaborative process.
El Refaie is an audiological physician and program director of the BSc Audiology course at Bristol University, United Kingdom.