Even with current staffing shortages and issues, you can improve patient satisfaction scores if you prioritize patients’ most fundamental emotional needs. And it only takes an extra minute.
The Top 3 Emotional Needs Driving Patient Experience
- The Need to Be Heard
When short-staffed, it’s common to hurry interactions. But this denies patients one of their most desired experiences – to be heard. Active listening can help.
- The Need to Understand
Patients rarely understand what to expect next – leaving them in a heightened state of ongoing stress. You can help by clarifying what’s next to be sure they “get it.”
- The Need to Trust
Patients are not in control of their experience and must rely on others to be their guide. You can bolster their confidence by expressing your own.
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