Background

Importance of module to healthcare delivery

Humanism in health care improves health outcomes and enhances patients to adhere to professional advice and treatment options. Teaching humanism in healthcare education is a necessity to help students to conduct their professional lives in a more humanistic manner. This module teaches the main tenets of humanism in order to introduce students to the concept of humanism and help them to begin identifying its relevance to the delivery of healthcare.

Importance of module to individual healthcare professionals

Humanism in health care reminds us that illness, recovery, as well as dying are an integral part of the whole human experience. Every person in the health system – health professional or patient – is first a human being which means a great responsibility to develop appropriate understandings of the human experience that go beyond the standard professional knowledge. Empowering health professionals to develop the skills that enable humanistic care towards patients, colleagues, and themselves is key.