Investing in primary care and patient/clinican relationships

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…

A breakup with primary care

The feelings expressed in this piece are what 3rd Conversation wants to help prevent: Clinician burnout will not be solved by individual action. It will take systemic change, a recognition of our shared humanity, and building stronger relationships between everyone involved in the health care system.


Beyond the survey: Engaging patients and communities as partners

Here at 3rd Conversation, we believe that health must be co-created through partnerships between patients, families, and clinicians. So we’re always thrilled to see examples of organizations expanding their effort to better engage and collaborate with patients.


Primary care physicians are more important than ever – we should empower and invest in them

The title says it all. We need to invest in primary care and prioritize building patient/clinician relationships in order to better serve our communities and improve health.


“The closer the connection between patients and their physicians, the better the care the patients tend to receive and, ultimately, better quality of life is achieved.
I see this truth borne out every day in my work. I also hear people frequently express their desire for a closer doctor-patient relationship.”