It’s time for a social movement in medicine; following up on rightcare in Maine; the RightCare Alliance builds steam.
December 4, 2014
In order to bring you more of the news you want to read, RightCare Weekly summarizes and interprets three important articles and provides headlines linking to the many other articles and editorials you’ll find interesting. As always, RightCare Weekly presents articles related to moving our healthcare system toward the right care for all patients.
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The Lown Institute founded the RightCare Alliance on the belief that it will take a movement to transform American healthcare. Don Berwick, MD, agrees. In his powerful editorial from last week’s JAMA, he places changing healthcare in the context of the great social movements of the last century, calling for “mobilization—not just the intellectual mobilization of clever community projects but also the political mobilization that ended the Vietnam war, began to deliver on civil rights, birthed modern feminism, and started down the long road toward equal rights for the LGBT community.” The changes in healthcare require collective action to challenge the power of the medical-industrial complex, and we sincerely hope that Dr. Berwick’s call marks a turning point in the growth for that movement.
QUESTION: What kind of change do you think is coming in medicine? Is the system ready for change? How do you think patients and communities can work together to make it happen? Let us know what you think in our comments section below.
At the Maine Quality Counts Healthcare Town Hall Meeting on November 6 in Brunswick, clinicians and patients described their experiences with overtreatment. Maine NPR covered the event in a segment titled “When is Medical Treatment Overtreatment? Maine Doctors Take New Look,” which aired last week. Also interviewed was Lown Institute Senior Vice President Shannon Brownlee.
It’s not too late to register for the 2015 Lown Institute annual meeting in San Diego, March 8-11. Join us to challenge the culture of overuse in medicine and to advocate for healthcare that delivers the right care, all the time. If you’re a student, patient advocate or community leader, you have until Sunday, December 7 to apply for a scholarship to the conference. See our video trailer for highlights from last year’s conference.