BETTER HEALTHCARE: What will the patient of the future expect in their care?

In my most recent blog on the Huffington Post UK – called The Changing Patient of the Future – From Passive Recipient to Active Participant – a look at what patient-led care would lead to and who patient-centred care would put at the heart of decision-making. Why has homeopathy brought this to everyone’s attention and why does spiritual care take it all a notch higher?

Here is an excerpt from the article.

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Put crudely, that means having the NHS pay more attention to what patients want, rather than imposing upon them what it thinks they should want.

And many patients want homeopathy, as Hunt’s letter points out.

“Homeopathic care is enormously valued by thousands of people and in an NHS that the Government repeatedly tells us is “patient-led” it ought to be available where a doctor and patient believe that a homeopathic treatment may be of benefit to the patient.”

A better question, then, would have been whether or not the new Secretary of State agrees with the previous government that NHS care should be increasingly patient-led.

According to a Twitter discussion earlier this summer on “the patient of the future” medicine needs to go further still than just giving patients a voice in the kind of care available. The care clinicians offer will need to be increasingly patient-centred…

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write on spirituality and health for a diversity of online media outlets, from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I have been published by the Independent, the Washington Post, the Guardian, E-Hospice, MindBodyGreen and The Christian Science Monitor and I post regularly on the Huffington Post UK and BuzzFeed. In addition to writing and broadcast appearances I enjoy engaging with journalists, academics, health professionals and government officials about the possibilities for improving health outcomes through a greater emphasis on spirituality in healthcare and social care. I've also greatly valued the many opportunities I have had to travel globally for my church and to meet people around the world. My wife Jenny and I spent 10 years in Boston, USA, before returning to London in 2002, to take on a role as the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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