Is healing an option to aid sustainable healthcare futures?
Healing is an inexpensive, low-tech intervention. Some healing practices involve the therapist touching their clients, but many do not.
A new meta-analysis of non-contact healing on non- humans finds evidence that they have beneficial effects. Many practitioners of healing believe that focused attention with good intention is its main ‘ingredient’. Could ‘healing intention’ be why some healthcare practitioners achieve better results than others? Might ‘healing’ be part of a sustainable healthcare future?
It is becoming ever more apparent that the current model of healthcare delivery within developed countries is not sustainable. There are at least two major problems: the continuing development of expensive, high- technology approaches to diagnosis and treatment, which are putting an unsustainable economic burden on healthcare organisations (Costa-Fond and Courbage 2009); and the rapidly increasing carbon footprint of modern healthcare delivery systems, resulting in an unsustainable burden on the planet (Limb 2014). Many possible answers to these problems are being considered by medical bodies including the British Medical Association (see http://bma.org.uk/ working-for- change/international-affairs/climate- change ). In addition, politicians are turning their attention to prevention, and are trying to move the responsibility for maintaining good health away from healthcare workers, and back to individuals and communities.