As a matter of fact, nowadays, more and more people do not trust medicine, and thus, seek for alternatives and non-traditional therapies. Homeopathy is not a new phenomenon. This term was commonly used recently. However, it is worth highlighting that homeopathy was officially recognized by a traditional medicine not long ago. In some cases, this type of medicine can be considered as even more effective than the traditional one. The primary purpose of the paper is to find out the proposed homeopathy remedy according to the symptoms chosen on the website and check the effectiveness of the medication.
The Principle of the Homeopathy
First and foremost, it should be pointed out that the fundamental principle of homeopathy can be found in the dimension of similarity. The scientists and the supporters of the homeopathy are sure that the substance in large doses that can cause the symptoms or the disease in the human organism can be used beneficially. According to the theory of the experts that are sure that the homeopathy is the most effective way to cure diseases, small doses of such substances can be used in the process of treatment as they can cure a person (Ridsdale, 2014). The principle of similarities is a key aspect that is used by the supporters of the homeopathy.
After going through the process of choosing the symptoms, I got the following results, namely:
- Gets worse reading aloud;
- Dry cough;
- It gets worse while lying down;
- The symptoms get worse in the midnight while lying on the back.
The stated above symptoms were chosen from the wide spectrum presented on the website. After analyzing the symptoms, the webpage offered a medication that is supposed to help in dealing with the problem. The homeopathic medication is Phosphorus. It should be noted that it is commonly used in the homeopathy to cure a cough. Phosphorus is commonly prescribed to people in order to get rid of a dry cough that especially disturbs at night.
It is worth making accent that the website has chosen the medication in a correct way and noted that the match with the symptoms described is almost 85%. However, in order not to make the symptoms more severe, the dosage of the homeopathic medication should be taken into consideration and strictly followed (Ridsdale, 2014). It is essential to take only up to three pills a day, and, in addition, it seems significant to stress that the person that consumes these pills should drink at least a half of the glass of water after the medication was taken (Biolchini & Wenna, 2014). The pills are effective as they fight against a dry cough that disturbs at night. In a couple of days, a cough was not as dry as it used to be, and it resulted in the improvement of the health status.
In conclusion, it should be pointed out that homeopathy can be a very effective tool in fighting against diseases. The principle of similarity and appropriate dosage is a fundamental one for this type of the medicine. It is worth stating that a number of recent studies proved the significance of homeopathy. Although there are some websites, like the one that was under consideration in this paper can be easily found over the Internet, it should be stressed that the consultation with a specialist is needed in order for a patient to get a positive outcome.
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Communication With Patients With Dementia
In their article “Pilot testing an educational intervention to improve communication with patients with dementia,” the authors suggest certain communication techniques that can be effective for the hospital staff when they are communicating with patients with dementia. They state that a perfect approach is an individual approach, as it takes into account a particular person’s problems. Since hospital stays are short in most cases, and caregivers do not spend enough time with their patients, it is difficult to develop individual techniques for each patient.
Nevertheless, the authors’ suggestions can help improve the situation. Thus, key techniques are using reminiscence, asking permission, and using simple explanations. Asking permission is needed for preparing patients for procedures. Simple explanations, slow speech, and the use of simple gestures make communication easier. Reminiscence is effective, as in most cases, patients can rely on their long-term memory. Additionally, there are other techniques that can facilitate communication with such patients (Weitzel et al., 2011). They are:
- Using a full name
- Approaching slowly and directly
- Respecting personal space
- Giving positive feedback
- Avoiding pronouns
- Avoiding using “don’t”
- Communicating directly with a patient
- Avoiding orientation questions
- Listening carefully (Weitzel et al., 2011).
Weitzel, T., Robinson, S., Mercer, S., Berry, T., Barnes, M., Plunkett, D., … Kirkbride, G. (2011). Pilot testing an educational intervention to improve communication with patients with dementia. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 27(5), 220-226.
The Role Of Music In Improving Patient Outcome
The use of music to improve patient outcomes has a long history of implementation and research. In many ways, music is preferable to other intervention methods. Music does not require intrusive actions, is easy to administer, universally appealing, and the technological progress of recent decades has made it affordable in terms of cost and resource base. At the same time, the growing body of evidence suggests its effectiveness as a means of intervention. This paper aims to examine the current evidence of the benefits of music for the patient outcome in nursing and provide insights regarding the perspective directions for further inquiry.
The music intervention was tested in a variety of fields. In the latest music therapy program, conducted at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, the music therapy administered to the dementia residents has shown a positive outcome. According to the report, the program, conducted by the certified dementia care practitioners, helped to reduce falls, violent behavior, and the use of antipsychotic medications among residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s (NYC par. 2).
The program utilized customized playlists for each patient. The results included a decrease in the required medications from 30% to 18% and zero physical altercations compared to eight instances before the therapy (NYC par. 6).
Studies also were conducted to confirm the differences between the administration of musical therapy programs and exposure to non-systematic relaxing music and imagery to determine the outcomes and influence on certain physiological processes, such as blood pressure. The results of a controlled randomized trial showed the decrease of the systolic blood pressure in both groups where music was administered (Mandel, Davis, and Secic 568). The results illustrate the positive outcome is possible not only on psychological but at least in some cases on a physiological level.
Satisfaction and support
Finally, some researchers point to the positive influence on satisfaction with care. The research conducted by Burns, Perkins, Tong, Hilliard, and Cripe reviewed more than 10,000 records of cancer patients (228). In addition to the feedback analysis, the records were analyzed to determine the level of pain reduction and respiratory problems, and correlate them to the use of music therapy. While no significant difference was observed in pain levels between the patients who were subject to music therapy and those who were not, there was an increase in the satisfaction with spiritual support (Burns et al. 230).
As we can see, music has a noticeable influence on patient outcomes. At the same time, its influence is not universal. Thus, the use of a well-defined framework is recommended to determine and regulate the use of music for intervention and therapy. Murdock and Higgins suggest a theory of music, mood, and movement (MMM) that utilizes physical activity guidelines to determine the efficiency of music-based intervention on the mood, and, by extension, the performance of the patients (2253).
The theory is based on the official definitions of music, psychological, and physical activities that can be found in credible medical resources. According to the authors, such structure presents an opportunity to conclusively test the hypothesis that music leads to mood improvement that results in more enjoyable physical activities.
The advantages of music as an intervention method are well-understood. However, at least some effects of the music on the physical state of patients are not justified. It is thus recommended to utilize a comprehensive approach to find out the relation between mood improvements as a result of exposure to music and positive patient outcomes and correlate the results to the patients’ conditions in each case.
Burns, Debra, Susan Perkins, Yan Tong, Russel Hilliard, and Larry Cripe. “Music Therapy is Associated with Family Perception of More Spiritual Support and Decreased Breathing Problems in Cancer Patients Receiving Hospice Care.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 50.2 (2015): 225-231. Print.
Mandel, Susan E., Beth A. Davis, and Michelle Secic. “Effects of Music Therapy and Music-Assisted Relaxation and Imagery on Health-Related Outcomes in Diabetes Education A Feasibility Study.” The Diabetes Educator 39.4 (2013): 568-581. Print.
Murrock, Carolyn J., and Patricia A. Higgins. “The Theory of Music, Mood and Movement to Improve Health Outcomes.” Journal of Advanced Nursing 65.10 (2009): 2249-2257. Print.
NYC Health+Hospitals. Music and Memory Program at NYC Health + Hospitals’ Skilled Nursing Facility Improves Quality Outcomes for Residents with Dementia. 2016. Web.