I Can Fix That: Manageable Factors in Patient Rehabilitation and Recovery

Michelle Mathews, University of Texas

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Abstract Recovering from injury and debilitation is a gruesome process for any patient. It is painful, unpleasant, and uncomfortable. It is the responsibility of staff in the health care industry to make it their number one priority to make the recovery process as easy and stress-free as possible for patients. If all the factors affecting recovery were to be determined and categorized, they could then be turned into manageable methods of regulating and speeding up the recovery process. By understanding what factors influence rehabilitation, we can further our attempts in making the recovery process more efficient, encouraging, positive, and comfortable for patients.

Introduction When Sylvie was diagnosed with cancer in 2003, doctors concluded that it was an aggressive form of cancer, with a tumor that had already metastasized. Although doctors wanted to operate right away, Sylvie wanted to wait a few months before undergoing treatment. Three months later, when doctors opened her up in surgery, they found that the cancer cells had disappeared and a complete remission had occurred (Healingcancernaturally). Time and time again, stories have made the front-page news about patients who have miraculously recovered from hopeless comas and fatal diagnoses. What if those stories were not so miraculous and were somehow able to be regulated? The general public tends to believe that the recovery process is a purely medical and medicinal-based process, but there are a multitude of non-prescription factors that greatly affect injury and recovery. Research suggests that social interaction, in addition to a variety of other factors, plays a huge role in rate and success of recovery from injury and debilitation. Humans are social creatures, making it only logical that social factors affect the recovery process.

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