I’d just like to take a moment to excerpt an MDA magazine interview with Dr Christine Boyce, who was awarded GP of the Year 2008. Dublin-trained, Boyce practises in Tasmania. She has specific interests in teaching and in adolescent and refugee health, and runs an open-access clinic for refugees at her practice. Here are the snippets which give me hope:
If you could change one thing about general practice, what would it be?
Bring back the house call. Make it a standard part of care for housebound people and remunerate it adequately.
My personal crusade is to remove the word “patient” from the vocabulary by 2020. Early experiments with “person/people” have proved this a perfectly explanatory word that reinforces, rather than erodes, the modern partnership between us and the people who seek our advice.
You can see the whole interview here: Defence Update Autumn 2009. The issue also has an article warning doctors about Facebook.