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Quality of life
Here we have a lecture on health-related quality of life following cardiac surgery. In this video, created by Imperial College London, Dr Thanos Athanasiou provides an excellent presentation, with lots of supporting data, showing how important this is. More than life-span, the patient’s health-span ought to be considered.
Watchful waiting sounds grim (and even might be taken to imply high anxiety or perhaps a neurotic behavior), so the term that’s now used is ‘active surveillance’. This means that once treated for cancer (or when high risk is present) there’s a fair chance that it will return. So, individuals are alert to danger, which might be good, unless of course it becomes obsessive. This vimeo.com presentation provides a look at this phenomenon, with some good advice from a survivor.
Health related stigma
What can possibly be said about stigma related to mental illness that hasn’t already been said? The stigma of mental health has been a key driver in patients failing to seek help. The Canadian senator, Michael Kirby, provided an overview of the issue in Canada (‘Out of the Shadows, Forever’), clearly documenting the toll taken by stigma. Don’t think stigma is restricted to mental illness. Stigma, as you’ve read, comes in several forms, and is not limited to mental health issues, affecting those with physical or learning disabilities, as well as people with cancer. This video by vimeo.com focuses on mental health stigma and how it affects people.