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My New Year's Collaborative Resolution 2010

Posted By Jennifer Hodgson, Friday, January 1, 2010
Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Each year we make a resolution to do something a little better than the year before and to make good on that promise is always a challenge. Sometimes it is that we set unrealistic goals and for others of us it is that we do not know what goals to set. Most years I profess to hug my children a little tighter (although not possible unless I want to be investigated by child welfare), love my husband a little deeper (something I always can do), and be the best person I can be to those whose lives I touch.

This year my promise is shaped by watching two of our brightest family medicine residents battle cancer. These two women are truly amazing and by the very strength that they have shown in fighting their illnesses, I have learned that every day is a new day and each day we are invited to appreciate the gifts we have before us. Their voices as patients have forced me to listen in new and important ways.

With regard to my collaborative care resolution, I know that I can do several things better so here is one promise among many. I believe that if you can co-create a model of collaboration that the system endorses as a good idea, that you will find the path to implementation may have obstacles but not impasses. The one place where I am weakest is bringing in the voice of the patient into the models we create. Therefore, this year I will work ardently on doing just that and hopefully bringing awareness that this is not a healthcare system providing a service but a system with healthcare services. Patients are a part of the system and not just recipients of it.

So now I challenge you. What is your New Years collaborative care resolution?

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