Personalising Realistic Medicine

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 25th April 2019

Healthcare professionals are being encouraged to deliver a more personalised approach to care by Scotland's Chief Medical Officer.

Personalising Realistic Medicine (this link will take you away from our website), the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2017-18, builds on previous annual reports and includes findings from a survey of nearly 2,500 health professionals about Realistic Medicine.

It also includes recommendations from the recent Citizens’ Jury on Shared Decision Making (this link will take you away from our website), which was developed to support people and their families to engage at every level in health and social care.

The report outlines the need to reduce harm, waste and unwarranted variation in care across health boards as well as championing innovation and improvement. It also illustrates examples of good practice from across Scotland with contributions from world-leading experts in person-centred care.

Launching the report the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, said:

“Simply recommending more tests, treatments and procedures does not always provide the best outcome for people, even if that care is delivered at the very highest level. We must be sure that we deliver the right care to the right people at the right time in the right place. Put simply, we must deliver better value care. That’s why building a personalised approach to care is the most important objective of Realistic Medicine. It will deliver the value we seek, better value for the people we care for and better value for our health and care system.”

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