CMA touts one-on-one doctor-patient interaction over ‘gizmos’ – The Globe and Mail

A good overview of the recent Canadian Medical Association conference and its focus on the broader determinants of health, including inequality and prevention. Quote:

That is the message that Dr. John Haggie, a surgeon in Gander, Newfoundland, and outgoing president of the CMA, delivered eloquently in his valedictory address.

“Self-examination of how we practice our profession is in order,” he said in pleading with his colleagues to appreciate the art, not just the science, of medicine, and to embrace anew the elemental importance of the physician-patient relationship.

“A few decades ago, cutting-edge medicine was all going to be technical, reliant on ever-bigger, better and more expensive gizmos,” Dr. Haggie said. “What we’re looking at now is the era of low-intensity health care, not the big glamorous investments, not the multi-million-dollar machines and the very expensive procedures, but small incremental amounts of money invested in community point of care, where it makes a difference.”

Dr. Haggie’s was a timely reminder of what really matters in our technology-obsessed times: Talking to patients, listening to them, and establishing physical contact in a way that cements the therapy.

CMA touts one-on-one doctor-patient interaction over ‘gizmos’ – The Globe and Mail.


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