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Change in Healthcare Is Not Like Changing a Light Bulb

Q. How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

Golden Retriever:  The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid, burned-out light bulb?

Chihuahua:  Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

I couldn't resist. There are plenty of jokes about changing a light bulb. Typically, it isn't an arduous task to change a light bulb. In the healthcare world, change can be quite complex. In rehabilitation, I believe it is imperative to anticipate change and be ready to implement new strategies or processes for continued success.


Implementation.... the final stage for successful change. Implementation involves action. After all the preparing, planning and strategizing, a team carries out the plan in order for something to be different than the past. Unfortunately, change doesn't happen overnight and the implementation process isn't easy.

Processes and Habits: I tend to view implementation as changes in processes and habits. To me, it's all the various steps that are consistently required to be performed in order to realize the end vision. It does seem quite simple to follow steps, doesn't it? Follow the steps, create new habits and implementation should be quick and easy.

Hold onto Your Hats.... Implementation Requires People Involvement. Ponder over the following diagram.

the_people_factor_in_changeImage credit: The University of Sheffield

If you ignore the "People Factor," implementing change will take quite a bit longer. Implementing something new, requires more than just preparing and planning the required steps for the desired result. Don't forget the "people" aspect. If you can recognize the normal response to change and manage those responses to change, you'll achieve quicker success in your implementation process.

If you have been thinking of a system to track and report your rehabilitation outcomes, definitely take some time to see what FOTO has to offer. You'll be in good hands talking with Judy Holder. She has resources to help you with the implementation process. The resources include steps for successful implementation and suggestions to help drive the "people factor" to stage 4.

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