This is a place where you can provide your own input and comments on patient care that may help illuminate the human side of patients and how they interact with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.
We all have had experiences in good or bad patient care that might serve as teaching points for others. We can learn by anonymously exploring the successes and failures of ourselves and others.
Perhaps you have a humorous tale that exemplifies our strengths and/or our frailties in patient care.
You may have a general comment about how we can improve the art of patient care.
Do you have a poem or a story about your encounter with a particular type of patient - one that exemplifies courage, anger, suffering, humor, strength or any of the other multiple attributes of our patients and/or medical professionals that make them human?
Can you recommend a study that could be done to show the presence or absence of benefits on patient outcomes associated with the application of several of the concepts outlined on this site?
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Additional comments from visitors about the website
I have just stumbled upon your website and find myself delighted and stimulated by what I have been reading. You manage to address so many of the complex issues of healthcare systems and delivery (and all their debilitating effects) and the vision of patient-centred care in a clear and inspiring way. I do hope you are reaching and influencing many people.
I am not a healthcare professional, but I have been involved in writing and teaching about communications in healthcare for many years, particularly with regard to patient safety. My book, Healthcare Communication (published last year by Pharmaceutical Press) shares the same vision and passion as your website, especially the ideals of compassion and partnership in relationships with patients. Among many activities, I have the good fortune to teach a regular week at the faculty of pharmacy at Rangsit University, here in Thailand, where I am trying to encourage young pharmacists (a) to understand how important their role should be in patient safety and care and (b) how the old notion of being sellers of pills is in utter conflict with their responsibilities at the front line (especially here in Asia where the pharmacy is often the first port of call). The book is about how these basic values of humanity and reciprocity apply to all workers in healthcare (including the cleaners and caterers, though the primary focus is on physicians, nurses and pharmacists).
This email has no purpose other than to touch base with someone else who is struggling to assert humane values amidst all the distractions and clutter: it’s great to know there are allies in the campaign!
Thanks and best wishes. - B.H.
I am an OR director getting my MBA (19 days left and counting). While doing an assignment I found your site. It is a great one and I wanted to tell you so.
I plan on forwarding to my colleagues. Thanks and please keep it up. - J.R.
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