Relationship with the patient, the book “Healing the person. The human dimension of medicine” presented at the Palazzo Madama – Turin today

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 at the center of the volume Treat the person. The human dimension of medicinefrom Paolo Petralia, bioethicist and vice president of Fiaso, and 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 the Italian Federation of Health and Hospitals (Fiaso).

To open the meeting, the Senator Urania Giulia Papatheu, President of the Parliamentary Intergroup 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 essential 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.

TheHonorable Roberto Bagnasco, a member of the Chamber’s Social Affairs Committee, continued to thank “ASL 4 Ligure, brilliantly led by Paolo Petralia, and highly qualified from a health point of view. In fact, we are very proud – continued the deputy of Tigullio – of the fact that a message as important as the one we speak today is transmitted through the people of a small company like ours, which confirms to us to what extent The human dimension is a priority in medicine. , and that when we treat and care for a patient we always have a person in front of us “.

Seconds Senator Paola Binetti, a member of the Hygiene and Health Committee of the Senate of the Republic, “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 “.

He Professor Carlo M. PetriniDirector of the Bioethics Unit of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and President of the National Coordination Center of Ethics Committees, who oversaw the presentation of the volume, expressed his initial surprise at the large number of topics covered 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 testifies to the need training in the field of medical humanities. This is a dimension that involves not only clinical medicine, but also the field of health policies and, more generally, that of clinical research ”.

The authors of the publication continued, Paolo Petraliabioethicist and deputy vice president of Fiaso, e Marco Doldi, theologian and bioethicist: “Today we have shared important issues, through the interventions of authorized personalities, who have contributed the point of view of institutions, science and the Church,” says 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 train people in the awareness that the cultural background necessary to be good doctors, nurses and health workers cannot be exhausted with biomedicine ”.

“The book is the result of a mutual collaboration: a theology scholar and a doctor together to bring humanities and science into contact,” he concluded. Doldi – 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 of bioethics, but a medical ethic, which lays the necessary foundations to continue with bioethical reasoning.

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