Washmuth, NB and Stephens, R (2022) Frankly, we do give a damn: improving patient outcomes with swearing. Archives of Physiotherapy, 12 (1). 6 - ?. ISSN 2057-0082

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BACKGROUND: Words can change the way a patient thinks, feels, and performs. Swearing, or uttering a word that is considered taboo, is an often-ignored part of our language, even though over 50% of the population swears "sometimes" or "often". If used correctly, within a biopsychosocial approach to care, swearing has the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes. DISCUSSION: Swearing can create tighter human bonds and enhance the therapeutic alliance between a patient and a physical therapist. Improvements in social pain, physical pain tolerance, and physical pain threshold can occur by strategic swearing by our patients. Even physical performance measures, such as power and force could be enhanced if patients swear. CONCLUSION: Although the mechanism by which swearing is effective is unclear, swearing deserves attention in the physical therapy setting based on evidence indicating potential positive effects on patient outcomes.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Swearing, Power, Force, Pain, Biopsychosocial
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2022 12:38
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2022 12:38
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10786

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