The strategy of humanizing medicine, according to cardiology professor Dr. Manuel de la Peña

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Madrid, 7 June 2023.

Humanizing medicine and health care has become a major aspect of the doctor-patient relationship and is an important part of efforts to improve patients’ quality of life.

In this sense, the Dr. Manuel de la Pena“There is clear evidence that informed patients achieve more improvement than others, because information is an integral part of treatment,” stressed the head of the European Institute for Health and Welfare, academician and professor of cardiology. The relationship with the patient is based on mutual trust and respect. It is necessary to provide human warmth and convey affection to the patient. Patients have the fundamental right to receive quality, timely and accessible information, which is essential throughout the entire disease process to achieve the most appropriate treatment for each patient. Without a doubt, personalized treatments adapted to the needs of each patient should be encouraged.

Empowered patients, De la Peña adds, should ideally be able to maintain meaningful communication and collaboration with the health professionals they treat to design individualized self-management plans for their disease. This includes treating patients as people rather than as a medical condition or diagnosis. This means that health professionals must listen and understand each patient’s history and emotions to provide personalized care. More information, better treatment, emotional management of the patient, empathy, more consultation time are, in short, the main needs of patients for a more humane medicine.

In short, it indicates that the patient should be the main actor in the health system, and health excellence is achieved through the implementation of the process of continuous improvement in health care services, which entails ensuring the quality of life of patients and promoting the development of the profession of health professionals.

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De la Peña considers that one of the people who laid the foundation stone for the construction of humanism is José Manuel Romay Beccaria, who was Minister of Health and Consumption in the period 1996-2000 and has always said: “A patient-centered approach can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of patients, as Health professionals can meet the individual needs of patients, ”and this came in his various interventions at the conferences of the European Institute for Health and Welfare, in which he participated as a minister and president of the State Council.

Romai Beccaria participated in the forums of the European Institute for Health and Welfare, an independent institution, in which, among others, Nobel Prize winners, ministers of different political persuasions and members of the European Parliament participated.

De la Peña, in addition to being a professor of cardiology, is an academic, doctor with distinction, and writer. The books he has published are: “Heart Treatise” (2010), “Patients’ Needs” (2010), “Cardiopatients” (2010), “Healthy Companies” (2010), “e-Health” (2010), “Health Franchise: Patients, Innovation, and Technologies” (2009), “Patient Satisfaction” (2008), “Tobacco Control” (2006), “WHO Health Surveillance Guide” (2002), “Quality in Health Care” (1999), “Cardiocheck” (1993) . and blog author Healing power

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