As health care professionals, we ask a lot of questions of our patients. In order for us to appropriately treat a patient, having an accurate response to those questions is essential. Enter: lies. Have you ever had a patient lie to you?
I had a patient discharge to a SNF from my care in IRF. She went SNF, because she had a really bad left neglect combined with cognitive difficulties, causing her to need lots of physical assistance and she had no family or friends on this side of the border willing to step up to care for her. Approximately 6 weeks after her discharge from my facility, she was readmitted to us with a hip fracture. She had lied to her caregivers at the SNF and told them she would have help at home. She discharged to her home, promptly fell and broke her hip. Which landed her right back where she started… except now she had a slightly reduced left neglect and a weight bearing restriction. Let’s just say that didn’t turn out well.
Being able to spot deception can literally be the difference between life and death in our line of work. Or at least the difference between treatment that works or a waste of time and money. So today, I wanted to take a moment to learn how to spot purposeful deception, for the safety of our patients, licenses, professions, reputations.