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Introduction to the “Changes” issue of Forward

Antonio Addis

Department of Epidemiology Lazio Regional Health Service, Rome 1 Local Health Authority (ASL)

By April 2021April 26th, 2022No Comments
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If we consider the fact that all of us have our feet firmly planted on a constantly moving planet, one would assume that we should experience change as one of the most natural things on Earth. In short, we should not fear it. It should represent a constant chapter in our activities, especially those concerning our care and health.

The following pages, instead, will focus on the challenges concerning people’s health and care in terms of preventing, governing and even just measuring change, as well as ways to navigate it towards what we perceive to be the best direction. The Forward team adopted its usual method of mutual listening and discussion- without including final theses- to explore the theme and offer you a series of experiences and reflections that help to imagine the upcoming changes to medicine.

Let’s admit it: there could not be a better time to do this given the historical period we are living. Our recent experience clearly showed us that change in medicine and in healthcare can be associated to positive factors but also to negative ones. Studying it, being able to interpret and govern it so that it does not dominate us is as an ancient lesson as the old Italian saying that goes, “Above the bench the goat lives, under the bench the goat dies”. Are we above or under the bench?