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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Professor Jill Gordon: Humanising Practice, humanising practioners

6th November 2008, 18:15, Room 231, Elvet Riverside

This is the second lecture in the Humanising Practice Seminar Series.

Impressive technological advances in medicine and health care have brought significant advances to human health. But dissatisfaction and burnout within the medical profession and a degree of public dissatisfaction with medicine and with doctors have prompted a search for alternatives in complementary/alternative.

Additionally, the ‘medicalisation’ of health-related problem, driven by doctors extending their authority over a wider range of health matters, commercial imperatives and public demand for new treatments has engendered fear and concern over the rising costs of care. Professional ‘burnout’ has been documented in a number of countries and within a number of specialties with junior doctors particularly susceptible to stress and burnout. Changes that are needed include considering new ways of humanising practice to respond to inevitable changes in the delivery of health care and ‘humanising’ doctors.

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