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Is realistic medicine realistic for palliative care?

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Is realistic medicine realistic for palliative care?

An ‘in conversation’ event with Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood

Join Catherine Calderwood, CMO for Scotland, in conversation with Marie Curie, to explore and challenge how the realistic medicine agenda can work for everyone in a palliative care context.

Background

In 2016, Dr Catherine Calderwood, CMO for Scotland published her first annual report; Realistic Medicine. This outlined an approach that aims to put the person at the centre of decision-making about their health and care, creating a personalised approach to their care. As part of that its aims are to reduce harm and waste, simplify care, improve innovation, and value and support all health and care professionals to help improve outcomes for people, based on their priorities.

This year the CMO’s second annual report entitled Realising Realistic Medicine sets out the support there is to adopt Realistic Medicine in Scotland, and includes practical examples and shared learning from around Scotland that shows the activity underway to make this a reality. The CMO’s aim is that by 2025, everyone who provides healthcare in Scotland will demonstrate their professionalism through the approaches, behaviours and attitudes of Realistic Medicine.

Marie Curie and Realistic Medicine

Marie Curie is a UK charity that provides care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Marie Curie is very supportive of the realistic medicine agenda. Palliative care is, and always has been, about realistic medicine - based on values, shared decisions, person-centredness, individualised approaches, and focus on what matters to people. We think that the realistic medicine agenda is vital when a palliative approach is being taken to someone’s care.

However, when someone has a terminal illness their choices and preferences are not always possible or even understood. Our experience is that there can often be a disconnect between what a person wants and what happens, often through the following:

  • What someone wants during the course of their illness and at the end of their lives can differ to what a clinician thinks the person wants or needs.

  • What someone would want and what is available. Sometimes, when someone is receiving palliative care, they might choose not to have an intervention. But what happens when there are no alternatives to support that choice? Such an example could be a person’s wish to be at home. This may not be possible, especially if there are no resources to support this, for example, a lack of timely and responsive social care, or even a full time carer.

Book your free place now to discuss and debate whether realistic medicine is realistic for palliative care.

The event will finish at 16.30 and will be followed by a drinks reception until 6pm.

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