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 client 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 people with hearing loss, 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.
Seminar Series Goal
At our 2012 seminar series, we applied our collaborative approach to understand the realities facing audiologists, explored the barriers to change, and crafted a way to move ahead.
Experience of Managing Change
Adam Beckman reflects on his experience of implementing change as the Head of Audiology Services at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust in England.
What Helps and What Hinders
Berth Danermark of the Swedish Institute for Disability Research explores the different factors and elements that influence the change process inside the clinic.
Change Management Strategies in Health Care
Theresa Chisolm of the University of South Florida explores how new procedures and techniques are introduced into clinical practice.
Changing Clinical Practice
Amr El Refaie, Ph.D., finds that the best way to change clinical practices is to introduce change as early as possible in their professional journey. After attending the seminar, he was struck by the power of appreciative enquiry.