Realistic Medicine is not about failing to offer treatments. It is about supporting people using healthcare services, and their families, to feel empowered to discuss their treatment. That’s why changing our style to sharing decisions with our patients is one of our priorities. A move away from the "Doctor knows best" approach to shared decision making between the professional and patient will require more meaningful discussions about the treatment options available as well as their risks and benefits.
Building a more personalised approach to care, in partnership with people through shared decision making, is perhaps the most important aim of Realistic Medicine. We must create a more open and trusting atmosphere that facilitates more meaningful conversations between people and their healthcare professionals that help people make informed choices about their treatment and care options, based on what matters most to them.
Healthcare professionals are the stewards of healthcare resources. We know that overuse of investigation and treatment can result in harm to patients. By seeking out and eliminating harm and waste, we can provide healthcare that people really value.
Tackling unwarranted variation is essential to improving outcomes derived from healthcare across Scotland. Unwarranted variation is variation in healthcare that cannot be explained by need, or by explicit patient or population preferences. We need to ensure the prevention of harm and waste from overuse and overtreatment, freeing up resources currently used without benefit to clinical outcomes in order to address under-provision of care.
Realistic Medicine is not about failing to offer treatments. It is about supporting people using healthcare services, and their families, to feel empowered to discuss their treatment.
To practise Realistic Medicine, we must embrace the best international evidence, employ sound clinical judgment and support empowerment by listening to what matters most to patients. We need to make more effective use of knowledge and skills across the multi-professional knowledge base, and foster the conditions to support innovation in care delivery.
July 15, 2019
Dr Calderwood spoke to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland about Realistic Medicine, growing up in Belfast, and her work as Chief Medical Officer. The programme is available on the BBC website until the 12th of August 2019. Catherine’s slot starts at around 30 minutes in.Read more
July 1, 2019
Using the Scottish Atlas of Healthcare Variation: Case Studies The Scottish Atlas of Healthcare Variation is already being successfully used in a number of Boards. In May 2019, Dr Catherine Calderwood wrote to Medical Directors and Directors of Public Health to ask them to share their processes for reporting on the Atlas maps. CMO Letter…Read more
June 24, 2019
Tayside Realistic Medicine Conference Programme Morning Presentations 1 – S Thakore 09_30 AM RM Conference Intro 2 – A Coulson 10.00 RM conf pres 17.5.19 3 – F Benison 10.00 RM Presentation 4 – K Arrow RM presentation 5 – G Smith Tayside RM Conference 17 05 19 6 – R Mountain Mac 11.10…Read more