Impact on practice

In the final section of your comparative report, you need to consider the implications of your new understanding of the case.

This means that you need to use the learning you have identified in the earlier sections as the focus of your reflection on your future practice.

  • How does your new understanding of the theory relate to your role as a healthcare professional?
  • What issues might arise in the future related to the ideas in the case?
  • What will you do differently now that you have undergone this learning process?

How do you take this step? - Considering "Now what?"

In order to consider the future implications, you need to imagine the context in which the learning may be relevant (e.g. where is your health care practice taking place?). Once you have a context, you can then picture the type of patient or client who might present, and consider the issues you would need to consider when treating that individual.

Student vs. the experts

What might the health practitioner have done differently if they had recognised the cultural background of the patient?

Two responses to this scenario have been written by a student on the first page and an expert on the secondary pages. Read the comments next to the expert text regarding the similarities and differences between the two responses.


Reflection is not:

  • a description of the expert example
  • a summary of the differences between your response and the expert response
  • a list
  • everything you think and feel put together
  • a series of complaints or criticisms.

Taking this on board as you prepare your reflections will also help you avoid the trap of talking only about your personal opinions or biases instead of truly reflecting.

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