Magazine article Humane Health Care International

Dispossessed: Who Will Heed Their Voices?

Magazine article Humane Health Care International

Dispossessed: Who Will Heed Their Voices?

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In the high-technology world of institutionalized health care, where outcomes are measured in terms of reduced in-patient time, and patients' conditions are monitored more by impersonal machinery than the human touch, the caring in health care is easily overlooked. Caring eludes the quantitative measures upon which health-care funding is based, and therefore gets subordinated to more "determinable" procedures. Unfortunately, the tool that measures the work, ultimately, becomes the tool that defines the work.

The difficult-to-measure dimensions of health care--the time spent getting to know patients, understanding their problems, listening to their stories, and trying to find an appropriate way to address their concerns--are just as important to the healing process as changing a dressing, but do not "count" when service provisions are evaluated. As healthcare dollars decrease and staffing is reduced to minimum levels, it becomes harder and harder to maintain these difficult-to-measure aspects of "care" in health care.

Humane Medicine has played a major role in keeping the caring aspects of health care at the forefront of health-care professionals' practices. Focussing on the whole person, the journal opened its pages to all health-care providers, caregivers, patients, and their families. It provided a vehicle for sharing experiences, thus supporting front-line, health-care providers in their efforts to keep caring for patients and their families, despite overwhelming case loads and time constraints. Who will now accept the challenge of filling this void?

Who will assist fledgling writers to clarify their thoughts and edit their material in order to make it publishable? As a first-time contributor to Humane Medicine in 1996, my colleague and I experienced, first hand, the assistance and support of Dr. John O. Godden in bringing our article to a publishable state. …

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