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Physio Matters   Treating All of the Patient
Interview by Rhonwyn Newson for Physio Matters
August, 2016 | Read the full interview

David Kopacz, author of the book, Re-humanizing Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Transforming Your Self, Your Practice, and the Culture of Medicine, defines a holistic approach to healthcare means taking into account all human dimensions that influence health and illness.

These include not just the physical, but also the emotional, relational, mental, creative and spiritual dimensions of the person.

“To be holistic is the opposite of being reductionist. In addition to focussing on the physical body, we also are heartcentred, bringing caring and compassion to our work,” Dr Kopacz says.

 
 
Courage & Renewal   We Need a New Holistic Paradigm
“Re-humanizing Medicine” review by Sandra Carter
February 17, 2015 | Read the full story

Healthcare is at a crossroads, and no one has been more affected than the physician.

Traditionally physicians, trained as technicians, view patients through a narrow reductionist lens that often excludes compassion, empathy, and authentic connection – resulting in a “dehumanizing process.” If medical science gets elevated as dogma and realized as truth, then physicians practice machine medicine, closing their minds to other possibilities. Based on this limited perspective from their training, physicians are not inclined to seek developmental opportunities when it comes to personal and leadership growth. Consequently, they find themselves in a bind – not knowing what they do not know.

 
 
Wellbeing.com   Re-humanizing Medicine
Wellbeing.com Review by D. Kirk
March 3, 2015 | Read the full story

Let’s be clear: I don’t work in medicine. However, the wonderful people who do work in conventional healthcare seem to have their work cut out when it comes to balancing the needs of real people with economic imperatives and the reductionist approach of biomedicine. Medical doctor David R Kopacz has practised in the US and New Zealand and, in this considered, well-argued book, he argues there’s an urgent need to establish a holistic framework for medicine, one in which physicians approach patients as whole people not just the sum of their physical complaints. Written for doctors and doctors-in-training, Re-humanizing Medicine assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the current system, describes the holistic medicine paradigm and its benefits, outlines how clinicians can develop a deeper sense of their own humanity so they can appreciate that of others and better care for themselves, and gives advice on how to create a holistic clinic and re-humanise your own practice. An excellent guide.

 
 
NewsBeat   Doctor Appeals to Colleagues: Do More Than Problem-Solve
NewsBeat UW Health Sciences by By Brian Donohue
January 9, 2015 | Read the full story

Psychiatrist David Kopacz works at the Veterans Affairs primary care clinic in Seattle and is an acting assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington. His new book, “Re-humanizing Medicine" (Ayni Books, 2014), suggests that medical providers often lack the capacity to engage with patients beyond a problem-solving level, which ignores other factors vital to health. He discussed the book and his ideas with HSNewsBeat writer Brian Donohue.


 
 
KUOW   'Re-Humanizing Medicine' Doctor's Push To Get People Talking About Health
KUOW.org 94.9 FM Seattle | The Record
Aired on December 31, 2014 | Listen to the story

Marcie Sillman talks to David Kopacz about his new book, "Re-humanzing Medicine: A Holistic Framework For Transforming Your Self, Your Practice, and the Culture of Medicine."
 
 
Courage & Renewal   Best Courageous Books of 2014
Center for Courage & Renewal
December 11, 2014 | Read full article

2014 Book for Health Care Professionals

Re-humanizing Medicine. A Holistic Framework for Transforming Your Self, Your Practice, and the Culture of Medicine by David R. Kopacz

Physicians and professionals train extensively to relieve suffering. Yet the systems they train and practice in create suffering for both themselves and their clients through the neglect of basic human needs. True healthcare reform requires addressing dehumanization in medicine by caring for the whole person. Re-humanizing Medicine provides a holistic framework to support human connection and the expression of full human being of doctors, professionals and patients.

 
 
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Re-humanizing Medicine with David Kopacz, MD
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Hope, Healing and Well Being with Mary Treacy O’Keefe
October 27, 2014 | Listen to the story

Dr. David Kopacz begins by distinguishing between holistic, integrative, and complementary medicine. He likes the term “contemporary medicine” to describe medicine at the current time. True healthcare reform requires addressing dehumanization in medicine by caring for the whole person of the professional and the patient. His book, Re-humanizing Medicine provides a holistic framework to support human connection and the expression of full human being of doctors, professionals and patients.

Tune it to learn how spirituality, intuition, and listening have an impact upon healing and the doctor/patient relationship.

 
 
 

Holistic Decision-Making – It’s Not Just for Doctors
Center for Courage & Renewal
October 14, 2014 | Read full article

“Decision-making is something that you can do with either your limited mind and ego, or by letting the choices percolate through your body, emotions, mind, heart, creative self-expression, intuition, spirituality, as well as through the dimensions of context and time – until a decision becomes clear with input from your total Self. Decisions made this way may ‘freak out’ your ego, but they can be truly transformative.”

That advice comes from a new book by Dr. David Kopacz, Re-humanizing Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Transforming Your Self, Your Practice, and the Culture of Medicine. This is a book for people who are willing to change at a personal level in order to be better doctors and clinicians. Download this PDF to read the Table of Contents, Foreword and Introduction.

While Kopacz wrote this book mainly for medical professionals, we found it to be full of great insight and practices for anyone wishing to stay true to themselves in challenging times – in life and work. In that spirit, here is an excerpt – an exercise in “whole-self decision making."

 


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