Reflection by Chris Worsfold on N=1
What singular question could be more pressing for clinicians today: how do we prepare the way for the return of the P-E-R-S-O-N in contemporary healthcare amidst rife healthcare commodification and the mechanical one-size-fits-all approach that is EBM? Well the CauseHealth project offers an alternative. My personal conference highlights were Roger Kerry and Matt Low but it was Anna Luise Kirkengen who stole the show; a force of nature indeed…
‘We must acknowledge that health, sickness and bodily functioning are interwoven with human meaning-production, fundamentally personal and biographical.’
In clinics and hospitals the world-over, the narrative, the personal and the biographical P-E-R-S-O-N is often found bullied and threatened by this hegemony that is contemporary EBM; healthcare is de-personalised. This conference and the CauseHealth project have influenced my practice unlike any other I can recall; for those on the receiving-end of EBM machinations the CauseHealth project redresses the balance, can inspire and nourish the clinician and offers theoretical possibility and practical direction.