Kim and I (LT) attended the 2nd Lown Conference “From Avoidable Care to Right Care” in Boston last week.
This event marked the end of a high water mark year for multidisciplinary conferences on overdiagnosis and disease-mongering that brought together physicians, consumer activists, non-physician professionals, payors, and carers. Clearly, a new social health movement is building.
As Kim wrote here on May 20, meetings within the consumer activist world occur all the time (cf. the recent 20th anniversary of the influential Consumers Union Safe Patient Project), but what we need are more opportunities for partnerships among the many stakeholders and constituencies.
The Lown conference afforded me many memorable experiences and new ideas, including:
The conference organizers have a Declaration of Principles you can sign online which reiterates the moral tone of the conference – health care is a human right. It is a strong way to end a groundbreaking year but we also need to continue to stress the need to cultivate relationships based on mutual respect for diverse sources of knowledge. More voices, more perspectives.