I en artikkel nylig publisert i the New England Journal of Medicine, fremheves det at bedre utnyttelse av familie og nære relasjoner kan bety mer for en pasient enn økt kontakt med helsevesenet.
David Asch, leder ved Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation:
«Spouses and friends are more likely to be around patients when they are making decisions that affect their health – like taking a walk versus watching TV, or what to order at a restaurant.»
«Patients are also more likely to adopt healthy behaviors – like going to the gym – when they can go with a friend.»
«Though people are more heavily influenced by those around them every day than they are by doctors and nurses they interact with only occasionally, these cost-free interactions remain largely untapped when engineering social incentives for health. That’s a missed opportunity.»
Ta denne oppfordringen og vær en god støtte for dine nære. Det er betryggende å vite at man slipper å «walk alone».