‘The Health/Art/Libraries (HAL) project was founded in 2015 by Somerset based GP, Dr Malcolm Rigler and Liverpool artists John Campbell and Moira Kenny: THE SOUND AGENTS.
The aim of the project is to design and deliver a series of Arts Projects, Events, Publications, Workshops and Training Sessions to offer help to patients and carers in their search for information and understanding about health, social care and life changes from 0 to 100 years, working along the theme of “ Libraries on Prescription”…’ http://librariesandhealth.com/
The link to the full BMJ editorial, ‘Humanising Healthcare’, mentioned in my earlier post (Robin Youngson & MB, Christmas edition 2016) can be found there under the ‘READ’ heading – http://librariesandhealth.com/recommended-reading.php
On the same page is the link to ‘Redundant Subjectivity’ by Professor Stephen Pattison, Hon Fellow RCGP : ‘…instead of attending to my concerns, the GP…insists on taking my blood pressure and interrogating me on my lifestyle before giving me unasked for advice about how I could live a healthier and better life (as if I didn’t know that I could do that, and were not ashamed of the fact that I don’t). I leave the surgery edified but effectively deafed out, both guilty and demoralised…’
How many of us have had similar encounters? We are all individuals. We need healthcare to take account of that individuality, not treat us according to guidelines and generalisations.