In her inaugural lecture Marie-Louise Essink-Bot asserts that we should be aiming for public health care, care which keeps the population as a whole as healthy as possible. Social medicine makes an essential contribution in this context.
All patients with equally serious illnesses deserve to have the same chances of good care outcomes. This requires the care sector to take proper account of diversity in the patient population, for example in terms of ethnic origin, health literacy and social circumstances. This is referred to as ‘diversity-responsive care’. At the Academic Medical Centre (AMC-UvA), trainee doctors learn to take effective and respectful account of patient characteristics such as ethnic origin and socio-economic status. The research also focuses on where in the care sector this is already working well and where improvements can be made, and how. The multi-ethnic cohort study entitled ‘Healthy Life in an Urban Setting’ (HELIUS: www.heliusstudie.nl) is essential reading for this research.
M.L. Essink-Bot, professor of Social Healthcare, with a special focus on curative care: Volksgezondheidszorg: populatie én patiënt.
This event will be open to the public.
(Please note: this inaugural lecture will be held in Dutch.)