Health care today is in flux, with fewer and fewer physicians feeling they have enough time to spend with their patients, and few patients feeling that they are getting real personal attention and care from their doctors. Years ago, Dr. Pamela Wible decided she was through with factory medicine and asked her community what they wanted from her as their family physician. She implemented their suggestions in her Eugene, Oregon, clinic and advocates for other clinicians who want to invite their communities to help design their practices.
How can patients help teach the new generation of doctors to be healers? To do that, we have to move away from a vicious cycle based in fear and approach each other as human beings. Seeing health care as a partnership between patients and doctors can lead to greater satisfaction for both parties.
Warning: Some language in this show refers to sex workers and sex organs.
Guest: Pamela Wible, MD, is a family physician practicing in Eugene, Oregon. Her book is Pet Goats & Pap Smears: 101 Medical Adventures to Open Your Heart & Mind. In addition to her practice and her advocacy for community-designed health care, Dr. Wible offers biannual retreats to help prevent physician burnout, depression and suicide. Her website is www.idealmedicalcare.org
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