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How might general practice look in 2050?


These are some very interesting views, my concern is for compassion, personal care and human kindness. As our populations grow older and they lose family and communities around them, they become more isolated and lonely. My worry is that we then develop more remote applications to manage their care with no/or limited human contact. Telehealth is a typical example, we might record a persons vital signs through machines from a distance, but we can't reassure them when they are breathless and anxious. I truly believe that technology has its place, but this should not be at the expense of human contact, particularly for the more frail, vulnerable and isolated in our communities. many of the patients who come to my practice to see their GP because they are lonely and isolated , have not been proactively supported to manage their long term conditions. We are fully supportive of new technology and this will have a high profile in the future, but for now we are engaging with our communities, supporting them with self care (this includes exposure to new technology) and mobilising the assets in and around our practice population to manage demand and provide high quality, patient centred care. What is the point of being kept alive until you are 120 if you have no quality of life and no human contact. Just a thought!!!

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04 Apr 2015

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