Essay on Psychology in Respiratory Therapy

1640 Words Oct 29th, 2012 7 Pages
Psychology in Respiratory Therapy
When I decided I wanted to be a respiratory therapist, I never imagined that I would be dealing with any psychological aspects. As I have learned more about the respiratory system and the patients that I will treat, I can see that I will deal with some psychological factors quite often. In respiratory therapy there are psychological factors that can affect a person’s ability to breath and their quality of breathing.
A range of emotional factors including fear, stress, anxiety, and pain can affect a person’s ability to breathe correctly and efficiently. The healthcare environment involves a considerable amount of stress and anxiety. Patients often demonstrate fear for their own well- being or
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There are many studies that show, “[p]atients who feel they are listened to and are comfortable are less likely to develop complications or need readmission, according to case studies from the U.S.”(Hope, 2011).

Contact Person: Ms. ABC
Specialization: Respiratory Therapist
Responses received May, 2 2012

The interview with Ms. ABC was conducted via email. Ms. ABC asked that the name of her employer remain anonymous. I emailed Ms. ABC 3 questions and received a response approximately 3 weeks later. Due to time constraints I had no further communication with Ms. ABC. I first asked Ms. ABC how often she deals with or has seen respiratory patients with anxiety. Her response was as follows: “All the time. You would be very surprised at the amount of respiratory distress episodes that occur from anxiety. There are a great number of patients who are admitted through the emergency department that have simply hyperventilated because their mother-in-law is coming to visit, or their daughter is dating a much older man. Not only do I see patients who have respiratory issues from anxiety, but you also have those that are flip-flopped. Many of the patients we treat who are already hospitalized can develop anxiety, depression, and sometimes even rage after a chronic diagnosis. A big part of my job is helping patients

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