To start 2016, a vision.
In 450 events in 14 countries, I’ve heard a lot of thoughts about healthcare: its challenges, its possibilities, why change is hard, and who should do what to make things better. Easily one of the most inspiring voices I’ve heard is Victor Montori at the Mayo Clinic’s “KER Unit” (Knowledge and Encounter Research Unit). Here are two resources to briefly introduce you to his work; another will come later this week.
One of his fundamental principles is what he calls “minimally disruptive medicine.” While so many articles in magazines and journals complain about patient “compliance” (i.e. doing what the doctor dictated), the KER people are nearly obsessed by questions like “Will this work in the patient’s life??” and “Wait – is this what the patient really wants?” A great quick overview is on their home page.
In an email this morning Victor said: