Despite the gloomy predictions about the increasing cost and decreasing quality of healthcare, doctors can and should be involved in reforming our ailing health sector. Rather than relying on government and public policymakers to provide the ideal circumstances to optimise outcomes, doctors can and should be the creators of the change we all want to see. The answers to many of our healthcare challenges have been apparent for decades and solutions to those challenges are still often accessible locally from the resourceful community of healthcare practitioners.
Obesity is the greatest threat to our health worldwide. It is also a very complex issue that will require the collaboration of multiple agencies for prevention. The FutureMe© is a software solution designed to assist anyone who works with people who want to manage their weight. It can help achieve excellent results for one in six people. The software is now being commercialized.
Course in Clinical Confidence
The most important attribute of an effective healthcare encounter is that your professional does not appear distracted. The CCC was developed with reference to a film director on how we appear distracted. This self-help course can healthcare professionals address this critical error in their encounters with patients.
Effective research can be led by those with key insights into how healthcare works and with an informed view of what leads to the best outcomes. This project was conducted at my own practice. It helped to redesign access to primary care across a national health service. During the pandemic it was often the only way some people could get healthcare advice.
The 'Big Chair' project
Where I work, doctors usually occupy the biggest seat in the consulting room. When the seats are swapped around and patients occupy that seat, the results are potentially better. Here is evidence that the 'stage' and the 'props' matter a great deal in the 'Theatre' of the medical meeting.
Professor Moyez Jiwa
Doctor, Educator, Author
I believe excellent healthcare is a human right.I also believe it is possible to deliver quality care in any situation by focusing on the basics of what health professionals are trained to do, even with the most meagre of resources.My goal is to highlight what is already possible today. I approach this question with my values: authenticity, creativity, & self-care.
When the idea of this podcast came to fruition, there were a few people who came to mind immediately - Dr. Moyez Jiwa is one of them.Moyez believes that doctors can heal even when it is not possible to cure, saying "Life is not fair. So it is OK to feel cheated, frustrated and disappointed. But in the end the best companions are those who nurture us when we are broken. It is a privilege to be that person who shares those intimate moments when you are not at your best because we earn the right to witness the moment your magnificent spirit unfolds it’s wings."
The Health Design Podcast
Leah Barett, MS, LCSW is a Psychotherapist and Nutritionist in Private Practice in Colorado. That is what she does, not who she is. She is a philosopher, nature-lover, sunset chaser and lover of beauty which she strives to see even in the darkest of places. She has a Ph.D. in being human which she gained from living with end-stage ovarian and breast cancer.
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