Back in Europe, the Slow Medicine movement offers remedies based on the principles of being measured, respectful and equitable.
On the topic of measured care it says the dissemination and use of new treatments and new diagnostic procedures is not always accompanied by greater benefits for patients.
“Economic interests, as well as cultural and social pressures, encourage both an excessive use of health services and an expansion of people’s expectations beyond what is realistic, what the health system is able to deliver... A measured medicine involves the ability to act with moderation, gradually, and essentially, and uses the resources available appropriately and without waste...Slow Medicine recognises that doing more does not mean doing better.
“A respectful medicine is able to acknowledge and take into consideration the values, preferences and orientations of a person in every moment of life… Slow Medicine recognises that people’s values, expectations and desires are different and inviolable.”
The manifesto says equitable medicine promotes appropriate care, which is appropriate to the person, and proven to be effective and acceptable for both patients and health professionals: “An equitable medicine opposes inequality and facilitates access to health and social services. It overcomes the fragmentation of care, and encourages the exchange of information and knowledge among professionals. Slow Medicine promotes appropriate and good quality care for all.”