Psychologists often provide education to patients to improve their medical functioning and outcomes (aka, psychoeducation). The provision of information and advice to patients can improve their response to medical interventions, and help them to avoid some complications. For example, setting appropriately high expectations for a substantial recovery following mild head / brain trauma can reduce the likelihood of post-concussion syndrome. Similarly, helping a patient to have accurate expectations for pain reduction prior to having a pain-controlling device implanted can prevent them from later being dissatisfied, due to having gone into that process with unrealistic hopes for complete, or nearly-complete, elimination of pain.
Dr. Kauder has had training and work experiences in medical settings such as hospitals, residential-care centers, and long-term care facilities. Moreover, he has worked in interdisciplinary collaboration and team-treatment modalities with physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapist, and the like. All of these work experiences inform the psychoeducational work Dr. Kauder’s does to improve patients’ outcomes with medical procedures and illnesses.