recognizing our patient’s needs …

… an article in the most recent Journal of Medicine and the Person discusses the importance of attending to and recognizing the basic needs of our patients and families.

A transcript of the original talk and related talks from the 2009 Med Conference.

“The key lies in recognizing these basic needs. Not what we have decided before even walking in the room or what power has decided given our necessarily limited models. Then like the Good Samaritan we will recognize the humanity in the person – in their “I” – and provide these basic needs. Once our patients are provided with these basic needs – once they are warm, dry, fed, and feel clean – they will have their humanity restored to them and be free to do the work – the real work they need to do – of restoring their relationships toward God, toward others, and toward themselves.”

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