Human dimension and relationship with the patient, the book “Healing the person. The human dimension of medicine” presented at the Palazzo Madama

Not only technical-professional skills, but also and above all empathy, a sense of humanity and understanding are needed today by healthcare professionals to strengthen the relationship with patients. Skills that can be transmitted through the contribution of the humanities, such as anthropology, philosophy and ethics. These are the topics that focus on the volume “The healing of the person. The human dimension of medicine”, by Paolo Petraliabioethicist and vice president vice president of Fiaso, e Marco Doldi, theologian and bioethicist, presented today at the Palazzo Madama. The event was organized by the Parliamentary Intergroup on Digital Inclusion and the Intergroup on Health Emergencies and Recovery, with the sponsorship of Italian Federation of Health and Hospitals (Fiaso).

Senator Urania opened the meeting Giulia PapatheuPresident of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Digital Inclusion: “The text we present today deals with a very important topic, that of personal care. This is a volume aimed at doctors and health professionals, so that they receive ethical training, necessary to make and suggest informed decisions. An important book that reactivates the focus on the importance of digitization, without ever losing sight of contact with the patient, their fragility and vulnerability, even more so during the pandemic that forces him to isolate himself from his family. It is crucial that the patient is treated the way the disease is treated: when a person is treated, one always wins and comfort remains the strongest value that can be passed on to a patient.“.

The Honorable Roberto BagnascoMember of the House Social Affairs Committee, has continued to thank «lin Asl 4 Ligure, brilliantly directed by Paolo Petralia, and highly qualified from a health point of view. We are really proud – continued the deputy of Tigullio – of the fact that a message as important as the one we are talking about today is conveyed through the people of a small business like ours, which confirms to us how the human dimension in medicine is a priority, and that when we treat and care for a patient we always have a person in front of us“.

According to the senator Paola Binettimember of the Senate Committee on Hygiene and Health, “it was the problems of an economic nature that forced us to assume an increasingly strong logic of corporatization. But it is in the human dimension and in humility that the quality of the relationship between the operator and the patient is translated: not the process of self-determination of the latter, but the assumption of a consensual decision between those who care. and those that are treated. , with which the analysis of problems and solutions matures, arriving together at the best possible decision “.

Professor Carlo M. Petrini, Director of the Bioethics Unit of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and President of the National Coordination Center for Ethics Committees, who oversaw the presentation of the volume, expressed his initial surprise at the large number of issues addressed in the text. : “The authors were able to brilliantly summarize all the essential topics and do so with great care and depth. The book should not be considered a point of arrival, but a starting point, which certifies the need for training in the field of medical humanities. This is a dimension that involves not only clinical medicine, but also the field of health policy and, more generally, that of clinical research.“.

The authors of the publication continued, Paolo Petraliabioethicist and vice president vice president of Fiaso, e Marco Dolditheologian and bioethicist: “Today we have shared important issues, through interventions of authorized personalities, which have brought the point of view of institutions, science and the Church. said Petralia. With one perspective: to involve all those who are called to care for people in the medical art, but also in health care. Our professionals today are increasingly scientifically prepared: the challenge now is to focus on human and relational aspects as well, putting the person at the center. With an ambition: to educate people in the awareness that the cultural background needed to be good doctors, nurses and health professionals cannot be exhausted with biomedicine.“.

The book was born from a mutual collaboration: a theologian and a doctor together to bring together humanities and scientific aspects. – Doldi concluded – as in bioethics, a bridge between these two sides. But we must never forget that the encounter with the patient is a human encounter, and that it also requires humanistic knowledge and skills. What we present today is not a text on bioethics, but a medical ethic, which lays the groundwork for continuing bioethical reasoning.“.

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