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Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics Colloquium Series
Start Date: 6/25/2015Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Date: 6/25/2015

Event Description:

Topic: Person-Centered Medicine: Balancing the Welfare of Physicians and Patients

Speaker: Stephen Buetow, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at NZ’s University of Auckland

Medicine faces a crisis of depersonalization, scientism and unsustainable costs, which cannot be solved by subprime national initiatives to produce, from evidence, medicine centered on patients. One of the most prominent initiatives is taking place in the US, where comprehensive health reforms are integrating patient-centered concepts into standards of clinical care through innovations in service delivery like patient-centered medical homes. Yet, patient-centered medicine is part of the overall problem. Raising concerns about a patient-centered medical ethics of principle-governed action for patient welfare and population health, this lecture will suggest a need instead for person-centered medicine. Despite having received the imprimatur of international organizations including the World Health Organization, person-centered medicine (or people-centered medicine) has yet to define itself clearly. This lecture will suggest eight defining values of person-centered medicine, which distinguish this medical practice model conceptually from values of patient-centered medicine, and will suggest that the values of person-centered medicine link to virtues that dispose patients and physicians, as moral equals, to balance their welfare, by doing the right things for the right reasons, and flourish.
Location Information:
East Campus - Health Sciences Tower  (View Map)
Nicolls Road and Health Sciences Drive Intersection
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 444-4000
Room: Dept. of Preventive Medicine, Level 3, Rm 067

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