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How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?

How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?

Lester Butt, PhD

Psychologist/Director, Psychology Department, Craig Hospital, Colorado

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I think it’s important to understand their tempo and that too much information in a premature way cannot be helpful. The literature very is clear that people retain—during the best of circumstances—50% of what’s told to them medically, and so... Show More

I think it’s important to understand their tempo and that too much information in a premature way cannot be helpful. The literature very is clear that people retain—during the best of circumstances—50% of what’s told to them medically, and so their tempo has to be respected and that varies widely amongst people. I listen carefully to what people are saying and respond and even say to them, “If you want more information, please ask, because I’m always available. There are no secrets here—this is your life.”

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How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?

Lester Butt, PhD

Psychologist/Director, Psychology Department, Craig Hospital, Colorado

More Videos by Lester Butt
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I think it’s important to understand their tempo and that too much information in a premature way cannot be helpful. The literature very is clear that people retain—during the best of circumstances—50% of what’s told to them medically, and so their tempo has to be respected and that varies widely amongst people. I listen carefully to what people are saying and respond and even say to them, “If you want more information, please ask, because I’m always available. There are no secrets here—this is your life.”

How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?
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