The renowned National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones reminds us to "celebrate what’s right" in our daily living. He looks at each opportunity to shoot a photograph as a way to see "what’s right" in the world. In the world of clinical care, we can define "what’s right" as getting the right patient to the right doctor for the right therapy at the right time.
In the world of clinical care, we can define "what's right" as getting the right patient to the right doctor for the right therapy at the right time. Patient selection criteria, including patient readiness, are factors that help identify the right patient for specialized care. The right doctor is the one with the right credentials, training, experience, and medical practice setting. Certainly, having the latest and greatest advanced treatment available gives a clinician the option to use the right therapy.
The right time is the patient access part of the "what's right" equation. There is the delicate balance of making sure less invasive strategies have been tried in a timely manner – yet not delaying the medical care that is ultimately needed. Getting the timing right is a critical part of effective care.
Dewitt Jones reminds us to consider what we can do to make sure the right patient is getting to the right doctor for the right treatment at the right time. When these come together, we are open to "celebrating what's right" with a positive patient outcome. May you have ample reason to "celebrate what's right" in your medical practice today and every tomorrow.