The Prince Of Wales called today for a health service that recognises “the core human elements of mind, body and spirit” as well as treating disease.
Charles said health professionals should develop a "healing empathy"
to "listen and honour what is being said and not said by patients" so
they can find their own way towards better health.
Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, he set
out a vision of healthcare that includes "the physical and social
environment, education, agriculture and architecture". The Prince emphasised that he did not want to confront accepted
medical wisdom, but suggested reasons for encouraging a wider
perspective on healthcare. He said symptoms "may often be a metaphor for underlying disease
and unhappiness", and called for a scientific and therapeutic approach
that "understands, values and uses patient perspective and belief rather
than seeking to exclude them".
Charles drew on the work of several of his charities in Burnley,
where inequalities have lowered life expectancy to one of the worst
levels in the country, according to the article.
The Prince argued that improvements to the built and natural
environment, the arts, education and business would lead to improvements
"not only in health, but also in the overall cost-efficiency and
effectiveness of local services".
Source - Independent