First of all, thanks to all of you who responded and commented on my last post. I really appreciate your input and the lively conversation. This is exactly what I wanted to see.
For today’s post, I’m using a question posed by Dr. Jerry Nesseler:
“How can I quickly explain the new graph/pie chart on the updated Acugraph?”
Here’s a bit of background. The chart he’s referring to is our patent-pending P.I.E. (personal integrated energetics) chart and score, included in AcuGraph 3.
This chart was developed in response to those who requested a fast, easy indicator of patient progress. The advantage of the PIE is that it summarizes the energetic status of the meridians in a single number. So, though a patient may not understand the significance of split meridians, deficiencies, excesses, yin or yang, they can readily understand that their last score was a 61 and the new score of 75 shows improvement.
The other feature of the chart is the color-coded “Pie Slices” representing each meridian. Green is healthy. Non-green is not. The more green, the better. Patients get that.
For the very curious, the non-green pie slices are color coded by the type of imbalance (deficient, excess, split) and sized according to the magnitude of the imbalance. The smaller the slice, the worse the imbalance.
So the point is fast, easy patient communication.
Now, to answer Dr. Nesseler’s question, here’s the language I like to use:
“Mr. Patient, as you can see, your score today is 75. That’s significantly better than the 61 you scored last time, and it shows you’re making good progress. Clearly, we’re on the right track.”
If I’m feeling particularly verbose, I might also add,
“As you can see, 9 of your 12 meridians are testing as normal. Your last graph only had 6 normal meridians. This is exactly the kind of progress we want to see.”
So it’s really that simple. Stick to the numbers–both numbers. The PIE score and the number of normal meridians give the patient something concrete and simple to summarize their progress.
One More Thing
So how’s that score calculated and what does it really mean? As always, some are content just to drive the car, others want to peek under the hood. So for you hood peekers out there, the score considers a variety of markers including the following:
- Number and severity of splits, excesses and deficiencies
- Yin and yang balance
- Energy stability
- Left/right balance
- Overall qi level
It’s quite a long calculation, and it’s been derived over years of experience with thousands of graphs. It’s so unique that we’ve actually applied for a patent on it, and others have already tried to copy it. Overall, it’s been my experience that the PIE score greatly improves patient communication and confidence.
Remember, the score truly uses the whole range of 0-100. It’s not like grades in school where anything below a 70 is failing. Scores of 20, 30, 40 are common, and scores of 80, 90, 100 are uncommon without treatment. So if your patient scores a 35 on the first visit, don’t worry. That’s exactly what we expect to see.
How do you use the PIE score and chart in your practice?
Do you (and your patients) find it helpful?
And perhaps most importantly, What do you say if the score goes down?
I love your input. If you have a question or comment you’d like to see in a future blog posting, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.