23 Mai 2022

Wie Wörter wirken! Wenn Wörter krank machen!

Wörter können viel. Sie können Gefühle auslösen, Reaktionen hervorrufen und dafür sorgen, dass man sie missversteht und streitet. Ein Wort kann jemanden einlullen, streicheln, betören, besänftigen aber auch wütend und aggressiv werden lassen. Wörter können die große Liebe fördern und Kriege auslösen. 

Sie sind scharfes Schwert oder zarte Verführung. Ganz wie man sie auswählt. 
Genauso können Wörter für Mitleid sorgen, für ein falsches Bild oder stigmatisieren. Gerade im Bereich des Gesundheitswesens werden Begriffe oder Wörter oft unbewusst falsch genutzt. Passiert das, kann das Menschen in Bedrängnis bringen, zum Risiko werden lassen oder auch in eine ganz falsche Schublade schieben. Ein Wort kann dafür sorgen, dass ein Mensch zum Fall wird, zur Nummer. 

Wenn Menschen krank werden, kann es passieren, dass bestimmte Begriffe genutzt werden, die ein Stigma auslösen können. Nicht selten spricht man von Patienten, von Betroffenen, von Fällen. 

Dabei spricht man von Menschen. Grund genug, ein bisschen aufs Wort zu schauen und zu sehen, wie sie wirken. Ich habe dazu einige Interviews geführt, die ziemlich aufschlussreich waren. 

12 Mai 2022

The economical stigma when living with a disease and being an expert!

by Birgit Bauer 

A while ago I found and shared that article in my social media channels. It discusses how words can stigmatize people living with illnesses and / or disabilities. It says, that there is a stigma in wording what shouldn’t be. https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/inspire/life/the-way-we-talk-about-disability-matters

Once you become a patient, very often you lose your identity as a person for others. You become a case or a number, especially in hospitals etc. Being a “patient” can be very stigmatizing in general. Because if it has been said once, people start to think very different and very often you are packed in a box of misconceptions and prejudices. The diagnose of a disease changes a lot in the life and the professional life of a person, it’s challenging to let people know that you are still there, the person not defined by a disease. There are many words stigmatizing people, but stigma is much more. 

Also in an economical way ... 


16 Februar 2022

When a meeting feels uncomfortable - public complain or constructive thinking?

It can happen. You are invited in a meeting. 

As Expert in a specific area, as panelist or as member of an advisory board. 

You prepare as good as you can, you dial in in time and you are present to contribute with valuable information whenever it is possible. 

Because those meetings, especially online meetings live from their participants. From the lively information exchange. This must be well prepared not only from the participants also from the organizing team. 

Preparation Materials must be provided in an adequate timeframe to invited people and also inform them about the tool which will be used. It is essential to bring everything together, team, speakers or panelists and materials.

Moderators have to prepare themselves too. They have to know what the needs and goals of the meetings are and the themes the group should discuss. It is about leading, time keeping, having a look at the chat for further comments and incoming questions. Another person is responsible for a protocol and maybe for moving the slides forward. 

Every single job in this field is a hard one. No matter if you come as participant or as Organisator. Every single event means a lot of work, preparation and organization. 

02 Februar 2022

About silos and how to build bridges in digital health!

It happened again as so often in digital health: An experts group made a decision. Just the exeperts. 
No other group was involved. No voice of patients, carers, HCPs or let me say it very simple: citizens weren't heard or involved in that decision. No one asked if the decision works for them. 

Again one of the things I call a "Silo decision". Some people made a decision and the rest of the people have to live with it. It was not asked if this decision is feasible for them and their lives. They have to live with it. 

Of course, some decisions must be made by a small group of people, they are the experts and the representatives of a country or an expert group. It is their job. I understand it. 
But in my opinion they have to listen and do understand the people they make the decision for. To make things trustworthy, clear, transparent and understandable. Or short: useful. Worth to use it. To give it a try. 

Especially in the area of digital health I can see a lot of silos. We still discuss but mostly there is not the public debate or discussion we would need to create a digital health system what is used by people. Because they see the benefits and are open minded.