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Monday, March 24, 2008

Soft thinking: Care Ideals & Real World Constraints

It would be marvellous to be able to practice comprehensive care in terms of assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation (apie). In reality of course the world at large conspires to upset the best laid plans. Let's call them constraints it sounds better.

Away from the theory there are so many constraints in practice that maybe they should be reflected in software applications or e-learning on Hodges' model? Now if you are looking for rocket science then please read no further, since what follows does not even qualify as a plastic bottle rocket project.

Let's imagine we are creating a data entry form for Hodges' model. Users of the form can specify a care domain and enter a care problem. The first constraint and a true reflection of the real care world is that the number of problems 'allowed' is limited; it might be 3 per domain, or something like this:


So there's an essay for you: What would your total be? What if the fifteen possible problems can be allocated with the further constraint that a domain cannot exceed five in total? Does there need to be a minimum of at least one problem in a domain? What year is it? Are 'problems' a bit old hat? What about the individual's strengths?

If on completion (whenever that may be) the patient (plus carer...) has defined a set proportion of the problems, then there is one measure of holistic care. A further holistic measure could be the number of ticks for those four stages of care - apie. It does not take much when painting with care constraints and numbers to find complexity. And this does not even touch the surface.