13 June 2017

Do guidelines impede a GP’s ability to provide personalised care?

On Friday 16 June, Professor Jako Burgers will deliver his inaugural lecture on whether Dutch health care guidelines are compatible with personalised care. Guidelines form an important source of up-to-date information and can be seen as a tool for introducing health care innovations. They are often based on the 'average patient', with no specific features or characteristics; but in reality, prior medical history, social context and individual preferences make every patient unique. If these factors are not taken into consideration, guidelines may impede the provision of personalised care. According to Burgers, guidelines and personalised care are not mutually exclusive; rather, they strengthen one another. Burgers was appointed by the Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG) as strategic chair of Personalised Care in Clinical Practice Guidelines at the department of Family Medicine at Maastricht University's Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.