Quote of the month for December

medium_6869336880“As a young doctor, I thought that what mattered most in medicine was knowledge, technical skill, effective decision making. Yet after the death of her daughter, a mother takes the greatest comfort not from the excellence of the interventions but from the tears shed by the consultant and chemotherapy team who cared for her.

There was so much I didn’t know, as a young doctor, about how my patients felt, what they saw, what they wanted from me, and for me. How could I have known? But today, a new world is coming into being. Patients and carers are sharing their experiences online, creating new opportunities for health professionals to see the world through their eyes.

Social media is connecting people in ways which will have profound and unpredictable impacts on the culture of those providing, or receiving, healthcare. Higher education institutions are beginning to use patient stories, like those in this piece, within the healthcare curriculum. And so, as the next generation of health professionals qualifies, my hope is that they will know at least something of what I didn’t.”

– James Munro

donatebuttonThis post is part of Sara’s 2014 BlogFest, in which I’m writing a birth-related blog post every weekday for two weeks as a thank you to those who have supported the heart-funded element of my work in 2014 and in the hope that others who share my goal of having a source of free birth-related info for midwives, birthworkers, women and families will consider making a donation in order to kickstart my efforts to keep this site and my research-sharing activities free throughout 2015 – please click here to donate, and thank you for caring about women and babies.

Munro J (2014).  What I know I owe to patients. BMJ 2014;349:g6734

photo credit: The Stethoscope via photopin (license)

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