Health seminar refocuses mindsets toward preventative care

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/30 16:53:40

Tian Xiangyang gives a speech at the seminar. Photo: Courtesy of Wang Wei

The hospital health education academic group under the health promotion and education committee of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association held a seminar to discuss health education and promotion at hospitals in China on November 19. Directors and leaders from more than 40 medical and health institutions across the country were in attendance.

The hospital health education academic group consists of 45 members from hospitals and institutions around China, with over 90 percent of its members holding a professional title above Assistant Physician in Chief. The group provides a platform for medical doctors to share their academic achievements, exchange ideas and improve their professional skills to facilitate hospital development.

Tian Xiangyang, the Physician in Chief and team leader of the hospital health education academic group, said building hospitals that not only cure illness but also promote a preventative health ideology to people is the trend in China's medical development.

"To build a health-promoting hospital, it is necessary for medical doctors to change their mindset from a biomedicine-orientated medical system to a complex system consisting of biomedicine, psychology and social medicine," he said. "The current ideology of merely emphasizing illness treatment should be upgraded to a health-promoting ideology that also focuses on education and illness prevention."

Tian also noted the importance of clear and courteous communication when speaking with patients. He said the health-promoting hospitals will adopt a patient-oriented management style to provide improved healthcare services to patients.

"Clear, courteous communication between medical doctors and patients is an important part of treating illness. It is also the duty of medical doctors, as required by law, to be on good terms with patients when conducting medical examinations," said Tian.

In Tian's opinion, sticking to medical professionalism is even more important than medical techniques. "Medicine is a science for medical doctors, while for patients, it is about morality, conscientiousness and keeping one's promise."

As good medical care is critical to people's lives, it is understandable that people set higher standards when judging medical staff. Medicine calls on doctors to be more professional, courteous and humane than those in other professions.

"Medical doctors need to be knowledgeable in psychology, behavioral science, sociology and aesthetics and apply them when communicating with patients," he said.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the US regards interpersonal communication skills as one of the six core skills of a good resident doctor.

"Medical institutions and medical staff are at the core to achieve the vision of 'Healthy China 2030,'" Tian said.

Global Times


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