Hi, I’m Victoria. And my idea is that we can change how healthcare is practiced.
It’s completely understandable if you don’t know exactly what that means right off the bat. That’s what this blog is for.
Well, for that and for me to get more clarity, too. I imagine that there are going to be some parts of this plan that I haven’t considered. So, this blog is also my sandbox.
So….what is Paradigm of Practice?
Paradigm is a model, a pattern, a template. A standard way of doing things.
Practice is the practice of healthcare, and this encompasses doctors practicing medicine with their patients, nutritionists like me practicing nutrition with clients – all healthcare providers who practice their craft.
The short story: I’d like to change the way medicine is practiced, the way nutrition is practiced, the way healthcare is practiced. It’s a big order, but it’s possible.
The long story? We have some work to do. I’m driven to speak, think, practice, and study in a new way because I see the old paradigm – one based on ego, competition, overwork, proprietary information, fear, and judgment – as an unfit culture to place anything having to do with health or healing. Those qualities are innately un-healing, but they are what currently informs our conventional model.
Our current culture of practice negatively affects practitioner/practitioner interactions, the way we present and learn the information that informs our decisions as practitioners, and, most importantly, the quality of care we’re able to provide our patients and clients, not to mention our ability to care for ourselves.
I’m sure it affects other aspects of healthcare, too.
So, we have to change. But where do we start?
Let’s view the paradigm of how we practice in a new way.
I think of this work in three parts:
Part One: The Practitioner – the provider, be it MD, chiropractor, nurse, nutritionist, herbalist, acupuncturist, etc.
Part Two: The Patient (or Client) – the person in need of and receiving care
Part Three: The Information – the body of work that informs our decisions as both practitioners and as patients
These categories were natural points of interest for me as I started to realize the misalignment I saw in my field and felt in myself. For instance, I knew the amazing benefit of working in a community of like-minded practitioners, but I felt competitive and egotistical in my interactions with colleagues.
I loved working with clients to help them heal, but I struggled with their personal wishes for how that process should take place.
And more than anything I was enthralled with new research findings, but so many were in stark contrast to what I had learned in school or what other practitioners were using in their practices.
So, as I started thinking about a new way of approaching my work these three areas came into focus. In the next blog, I’ll focus on the practitioner, and how we can work as practitioners (and what we can ask from our practitioners) to start creating this new paradigm.