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Being heard is vital to our health

The 3rd Conversation is focused on bringing together disparate groups to connect as humans and explore how that relationship can be a source of power, healing, and fulfillment. In that vein, here are some items that piqued our interest or inspired us this week…

We love the concept of this peer-run community counseling program being only a phone call away. These are stressful times for many, if not all of us, as we head into the holidays with rising COVID rates. The Warmline’s website states, “Our goal is to connect with you, to listen, and to discover together how we can make sense of our experiences.” Sometimes you just need a listening ear, and the Warmline is there to provide it.

This article helps explain the tenets of osteopathic medicine: to be seen, heard, and understood. It states, “Whether considering internal relationships of the systems of the body or the external relationships of a person with the world around them, connection is a key principle at the core of osteopathy.” These principles, and a focus on connection and relationships, align with the goals of 3rd Conversation.

We don’t agree with the hashtag, but this is a fascinating window into patient experience and the impact human connection and the patient-clinician relationship has on health. The researchers themselves said it best: “This opposition between patient needs and clinician burnout is a false dichotomy and speaks to the deeper shortcomings of a medical system that erodes empathy both for patients and for health care personnel.”


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