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Cochrane Sustainable Healthcare joins forces with the BMJ to explore new ways to make health systems healthier

Discussion in 'Other health news and research' started by MSEsperanza, Dec 8, 2021.

  1. MSEsperanza

    MSEsperanza Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Cochrane Sustainable Healthcare joins forces with the BMJ to explore new ways to make health systems healthier

    New podcast series looks at initiatives to wind back the medical excess that is causing harm to people and the planet.

    Cochrane Sustainable Healthcare has joined forces with the BMJ to launch a new podcast series called The Recovery - Voices of action towards sustainable healthcare co-hosted by The BMJ’s Editor in Chief Dr Fiona Godlee and journalist and Bond University health researcher Dr Ray Moynihan.

    The series will feature compelling and inspirational conversations with healthcare researchers, doctors, and activists from around the world who are actively working to wind back medical excess and forge more sustainable healthcare systems to improve our health, wellbeing, and climate.

    Over six episodes, listeners will hear about new and sometimes radical initiatives that are changing the way doctors practice medicine, to ensure better access to high quality, evidence-based, and safe healthcare.


    Highlights include:

    • Australian doctors fearlessly challenging professional norms to wind back ineffective and dangerous care
    • A high-profile cancer specialist in India helping to reduce wasteful care in low- and middle-income countries
    • A US-based doctor leading a non-violent revolution of care, built on compassion and solidarity
    • A UK general practitioner championing physical activity, creating garden spaces, and improving access to fresh food, to empower patients, improve equity, and enhance the community’s wellbeing and health
    “All these voices are part of a growing global chorus campaigning for fundamental reform of how we practice medicine and showing that radical new alternatives are imminently feasible,” write Godlee, Moynihan and Dr Minna Johansson, Director of Cochrane Sustainable Healthcare in an opinion article to launch the series.

    “All those unnecessary tests, treatments, and diagnoses bring direct harm to people through adverse effects of drugs and surgeries, psychosocial harms of labelling, and increasing the burden of treatments. And since resources for healthcare are finite, waste is also harming patients indirectly because the overuse of some medical interventions means there are less resources to tackle underuse and underdiagnosis in other areas.”

    They acknowledge that the drivers of unsustainable healthcare are complex and diverse and say we must adapt to support more sustainable decision-making within healthcare.

    “Most healthcare extends lives and reduces suffering, but too much medicine remains unnecessary and harmful,” they warn. “Reducing medical excess is not primarily about saving money, it is about avoiding harm to people and the planet.”

    We hope this podcast series will inspire listeners all over the world to imagine novel and radical approaches for a more sustainable healthcare, and to dare to move from imagination to action.


    https://www.cochrane.org/news/cochr...xplore-new-ways-make-health-systems-healthier
     
  2. MSEsperanza

    MSEsperanza Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Do we need to start an 'Oh the Irony' meta-thread?
     
  3. Trish

    Trish Moderator Staff Member

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    As soon as I saw the headline I immediately thought it would include Paul Garner telling everyone how he cured himself of ME and long covid by thinking happy thoughts and exercising. Shudder. It could still happen.
     
  4. MSEsperanza

    MSEsperanza Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Haven't read yet, but this one could get very close:

    Spotlight on Cochrane’s Sustainable Healthcare Field:

    An interview with Minna Johansson

    https://www.cochrane.org/news/spotl...le-healthcare-field-interview-minna-johansson


    About Minna Johansson:

     
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  5. Jonathan Edwards

    Jonathan Edwards Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    This shows Cochrane in its true colours - the climate change deniers of medicine.
     
  6. FMMM1

    FMMM1 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    The reference to "climate" jumps out - let alone are these individuals (other words come to mind) going to solve world healthcare; they're also going to fix the climate as well. You sort of know there's no need to read any further.

    A long time ago, as a teenager, going through the lower tier of secondary education, an English teacher suggested I read my work before submitting it. I've always cringed as I read what I've written but I sometimes follow that advice. These punters should try that; this stuff is like the glossy bumf that's too good to be true and yes, it is.

    Makes me think we need that book @Jonathan Edwards

    Sadly true - there are probably countries which don't have a NICE - oops NICE have linked up with GRADE/Cochrane ---- what could possibly go wrong!
     
  7. rvallee

    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    But I thought health activists were bad. That's what they keep saying about us. How odd.
    This basically describes the BPS model. I'm sure these people love the BPS model, which does exactly this. How odd, that ideas are not consistent.
    But we keep hearing that this is bad. We are in fact pretty much attacked as activists for doing that. Which apparently is good, unless it's bad. Consistency.exe not found.
     
  8. Caroline Struthers

    Caroline Struthers Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    They should make a film called "Medical Dundee"
     
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  9. Arnie Pye

    Arnie Pye Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Winding back the advances of the 20th century to save money on healthcare, shorten life, save money on pensions, kill off the elderly (or just make them wish they were dead?)
     

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