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Health Care Support Systems - Chapter Summary
The health care system offers a variety of options to ensure patients have necessary physical and emotional support. This chapter explores various health care support systems and their contributions to patient care. Lessons cover types of physicians, counselors and other health care staff members. Once you finish this chapter, you will be ready to do the following:
- List and describe different types of physicians in physical and behavioral health care
- Define the primary care physician, and explain reasons for an expected shortage in this field
- Explain the role of a counselor in hospitals when interacting with patients and families
- Describe the patient advocate's job and training
- Discuss the roles of and training requirements for social workers
- Identify types and roles of health care provider and support staff
Navigate the lessons in this chapter in any sequence you desire. Revisit them as often as needed to get a good grasp of the health care support systems covered in this chapter. If you need additional details, feel free to submit your questions to our experts. When ready, be sure to assess your knowledge of this chapter's concepts by taking multiple-choice lesson quizzes and a practice chapter exam.
1. Types of Physicians: Physical & Behavioral Health Care
In this lesson, learn about the different types of physicians that work in physical and behavioral care. We'll go over primary care doctors, general practitioners, and specialists, as well as behavioral physicians like psychiatrists.
2. What Is a Primary Care Physician? - Definition & Shortage
After reading this lesson, you should better understand what exactly a primary care physician is. In addition to understanding the type of medical care delivered by these professionals, you will better grasp the reasons for an expected shortage in their field.
3. Role of a Counselor in Hospital Settings
What happens when you have to go to the hospital for a medical emergency? The doctors will get you stable and comfortable as they help you to start to heal. The hospital counselor can help your to get relaxed and comfortable in you new environment.
4. What Is a Patient Advocate? - Definition & Training
Patient advocates fill a role in healthcare that has become progressively more important as the industry grows more complex. In this lesson, you will learn what a patient advocate does, what type of training is needed, and where patient advocates work.
5. What is a Social Worker? - Role & Training
Have you ever discovered ways to improve a situation or event within society? The social work profession does just that and much more. Continue reading to learn about this fascinating profession.
6. Health Care Provider Staff: Types & Roles
In this lesson, we'll review a few of the different types of healthcare providers. We'll briefly discuss what their roles are and what communication skills are needed in providing care and support to patients and families.
7. Health Care Support Staff: Types & Roles
It takes more than a doctor and a nurse to make a hospital or any healthcare setting run without a hitch. Read on to learn about other vital healthcare service staff members and what they contribute to the team.
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