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OHPF Day 18

What resonates with you when considering the word “consistency?”


For me consistency is a marker of reliability. Knowing what to expect. Trusting that the result will be predictable. When learning the skills to perform physical examination of patients, we were taught to do so in a consistent pattern. By following the same series of steps each time, observed variations from the normal become easier to identify against the backdrop of a constant process.


As I referenced various definitions of the word, this concept was reinforced:

the quality of always being the same, doing things in the same way, having the same standards etc – used to show approval

Through the practice of parenting, particularly of multiple children, consistency in expectation, rules, opportunities, attention and love is the ideal for which we strive, supported by this slightly different definition:


conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness

Neither of these, however, felt like the whole picture – a one dimensional, mechanical interpretation of a concept that has much more depth. Further investigation led me to a reflection that felt more osteopathic in nature:


agreement or harmony of parts or features to one another or a whole