Re-humanizing Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Transforming Your Self, Your Practice, and the Culture of Medicine

Re-humanizing Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Transforming Your Self, Your Practice, and the Culture of Medicine

by David R. Kopacz


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What starts as personal dissatisfaction in the workplace can become personal transformation that changes clinical practice and ultimately changes the culture of medicine. Physicians and professionals train extensively to relieve suffering. Yet the systems they train and practice in create suffering for both themselves and their clients through the neglect of basic human needs. True healthcare reform requires addressing dehumanization in medicine by caring for the whole person of the professional and the patient. Re-humanizing Medicine provides a holistic framework to support human connection and the expression of full human being of doctors, professionals and patients. A clinician needs to be a whole person to treat a whole person, thus the work of transformation begins with clinicians. As professionals work to transform themselves, this will in turn transform their clinical practices and healthcare institutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782790754
Publisher: Ayni Books
Publication date: 11/28/2014
Pages: 419
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David R. Kopacz, MD, has worked in many different practice settings, but re-humanizing medicine has always been his underlying focus. He currently works in Primary Care Mental Health at the Seattle VA and is an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington.

Table of Contents

Foreword Debra Klamen xiii

Acknowledgments xvi

Introduction xx

Part I Perspectives on Contemporary Medicine 1

Chapter 1 Dehumanization in Contemporary Medicine 5

Chapter 2 Health and Illness: Paradigms and Perspectives 44

Part II Holistic Medicine: A Framework for the Whole Human Being 85

Chapter 3 Redefining Medicine 89

Chapter 4 Principles of Holistic Medicine 105

Chapter 5 A Holistic Framework for Being Human 122

Part III Re-Humanizing Your Self 147

Chapter 6 Physician, Know Thyself 149

Chapter 7 Transforming Your Self 161

Part IV Re-Humanizing Your Practice 207

Chapter 8 My Journey in Creating a Holistic Practice 209

Chapter 9 Transforming Your Practice 234

Chapter 10 Holistic Decision Making 260

Part V Re-Humanizing the Culture of Medicine 289

Chapter 11 Leading the Transformation of Medicine 291

Chapter 12 Reconnection and Re-humanization in Medicine 313

Epilogue 319

References and Notes 324

Bibliography 359

Index 377

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