Scottish Government publishes Practising Realistic Medicine

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationPolicy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 20th April 2018

Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood is calling for a move away from the “doctor knows best” culture.

The latest in a string of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) annual reports highlighting the importance of “realistic medicine” has placed the emphasis on “practising” these values by asking people five key questions to help them get the most out of conversations with a doctor or nurse.

Four health boards (NHS Borders, Forth Valley and Dumfries and Galloway and Lanarkshire) across the country are highlighting five key questions people should ask of clinicians ahead of any treatment. The CMO is now calling on others to now follow suit.

Speaking at the launch of her report at Airdrie Community Health Practice, Dr Calderwood said: “We want to ensure patients receive care and treatment that’s right for them. I want to see a change in culture to one where both professionals and people receiving care combine their expertise and become more comfortable in sharing decision making. That’s why the five questions feature in my report – because they offer a simple and straightforward way to have better conversations between doctors patients and their families.”

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