Discussion to focus on move towards taking a more active role in your healthcare
March 11, 2013 - Gone are the days when someone walked into a doctor’s office, quickly explained their symptoms, then let the physician make all the decisions about treatment.
With the growing access to medical and healthcare information, and a push by provincial health authorities to ensure delivery of care is ‘patient-centred’, individuals are taking on a greater role when they seek medical attention.
However, while the concept of patient-centred care is garnering interest from patients, the public and health providers across Canada, its meaning can be perceived in different ways depending on the individual and the situation.
The advantages and challenges of patient-centred care, and what it can and should look like in clinical practice, will be the focus of a Café Scientifique event taking place on March 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Dr. Nick Kates, professor and acting chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and Senior Advisor to Health Quality Ontario, and Charles Cunningham, who holds McMaster’s Jack Laidlaw Chair in Patient-Centred Health Care, will discuss both the patients’ and providers’ roles during Putting the Patient First: A Café Scientifique on the Movement Towards Patient-centred Care.
The discussion is open to all McMaster University students, and will be held in the McMaster Health Forum BreakoutSpace on the fourth floor of Mills Memorial Library. This is the third and final event in the Café Scientifique series organized by the McMaster Health Forum Student Subcommittee with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Café events are designed to provide a venue for the public, specifically students, to engage in discussion with researchers about a particular health-related topic, in a comfortable, casual setting. Attendance is limited to 30, and registration is required.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share their perspectives on how they feel they are treated when seeking healthcare, and whether they are taking a proactive role as patients. They will also learn about the evidence behind the concept of patient-centred care.