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Demonstrating professionalism through approach, behaviour and attitudes of Realistic Medicine

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Welcome from the Chief Medical Officer

One of the main aims of Realistic Medicine is for people using healthcare services and their families to feel empowered to discuss their treatment fully with healthcare professionals, including the possibility that a suggested treatment might come with side effects – or even negative outcomes. Everyone should feel able to ask their healthcare professional why they’ve suggested a test, treatment or procedure, and all decisions about a person’s care should be made jointly between the individual and their healthcare team.

“By 2025, everyone who provides healthcare in Scotland will demonstrate their professionalism through the approaches, behaviours and attitudes of Realistic Medicine.”  Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer

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Realistic News


August 2, 2019

REALISTIC MEDICINE CONFERENCE 2019 – MAKING IT PERSONAL Booking for the Realistic Medicine Conference 2019 is now open! Please follow the link below to book your space. Please note that the programme is subject to change, and full delegate packs will be available on arrival. We hope to see you there!

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NHS libraries supporting healthcare professionals in shared decision making

July 24, 2019

NHS libraries supporting healthcare professionals in shared decision making Healthcare libraries have a different role to public libraries. Whilst they do hold books on healthcare topics to support staff professional development, they also provide valuable support to staff in their day-to-day work with patients. NHS librarians may be asked by health professionals to look for…

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Please Ask Campaign

July 24, 2019

Summary of “Please ask” posters It is important to us all that our patients, their families and carers are fully involved in every aspect of their care from admission through to discharge. The “Please ask” posters were developed in NHS Ayrshire and Arran to encourage patients, relatives and carers to ask 4 important question about…

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