International Health Lecture 2015

Professor Vikram Patel FMedSci delivered the 2015 International Health Lecture on the subject of re-engineering personalised healthcare for chronic disease.

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On 7 October 2015 the Academy hosted its annual International Health Lecture at the Wellcome Collection, London. During the lecture, Professor Patel discussed examples from his work on the Indian healthcare system and the treatment of mental disorders, illustrating the argument that the current, globally pervasive model of healthcare for chronic disease is unsustainable and should be replaced with a person-centred approach.

As populations age globally, chronic diseases and multiple morbidities (the co-occurrence of more than one chronic disease) are becoming increasingly prevalent. Professor Patel presented evidence for the introduction of a collaborative care model, making the case for the integration of chronic disease care in primary healthcare settings: a strategy which has been shown to provide higher quality care at a reduced financial cost.

A diverse audience attended the event, with members of the Academy’s Fellowship, academics, policymakers, the media, stakeholder groups, students and members of the public taking part. The lecture provided an opportunity to learn about current research in primary care, promoting debate, discussion and the exchange of ideas on this important area of global health.

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