Dr. Megan Hosey | Rehabilitation Psychology

Dr. Megan Hosey | Rehabilitation Psychology


>>My name is Dr. Megan Hosey. I am a rehabilitation psychologist and an assistant professor
here at Johns Hopkins. My role as a rehabilitation
psychologist is to partner with patients in the work of recovery after a major
illness or an injury. In order to do this, we might
talk about topics like pain, managing fatigue, working
together on sleep habits, or discussing grief or anxiety that might come with the changes after a major illness or injury. My specialty, both clinically
and in my research, is working with patients
who are critically ill. In the ICU, I get to meet with patients, talk about what life was
like before hospitalization, hear a little bit about how
they’re coping in the ICU, and work a lot with
families and with patients about how to build resilience in the ICU. When patients leave the hospital, I often meet with them after an ICU stay to talk about symptoms of something that we call post intensive care syndrome. Post intensive care
syndrome can include pain, weakness, changes in thinking,
such as attention and memory, as well as anxiety and depression. We put together a plan in order to overcome those types of symptoms. My philosophy of patient care is that in order for a
patient to fully recover we need to take care of the whole person. In order to do this we place the patient, and their family members,
squarely in the middle of a world class team of professionals, including critical care doctors, nurses, physical therapists,
occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and myself as a
rehabilitation psychologist to do the work of getting back to a life that’s full and meaningful,
because at Johns Hopkins that’s what we do. We help people get back to life. (bright music)

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