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    In a recent episode of the MGMA Women in Healthcare podcast, host Adrienne Lloyd sat down with Dr. Lucy McBride to delve into her transformative journey toward adopting a holistic approach to medicine. Dr. McBride shared insights on the importance of understanding a patient's complete story and life experiences, emphasizing the need to go beyond lab results and vital signs to provide comprehensive care.

    Transitioning to a Whole-Person View
    Dr. McBride recounted her transition from a traditional medical practice to one that embraces a whole-person view of health. She highlighted the significance of recognizing how childhood traumas, relationships, and lifestyle factors can profoundly affect an individual's physical and mental well-being. By considering these factors, healthcare professionals can gain a deeper understanding of their patients and deliver more effective care.

    Acceptance and Agency
    An essential aspect emphasized by Dr. McBride is the concept of acceptance. She stressed the importance of acknowledging uncontrollable factors, such as genetics or past experiences, and redirecting focus towards areas that patients can actively influence. This acceptance frees patients from unnecessary guilt or blame and empowers them to take control of their health journeys.

    Conceptualizing Health as a Process
    Dr. McBride challenged the conventional notion of health as a static outcome and instead encouraged a perspective that views health as an ongoing process. She underscored the significance of awareness, acceptance, and action. By being aware of one's health data, accepting what cannot be changed, and taking action within one's power, patients can embark on a proactive and empowered health journey.

    A Team-Based Approach
    Dr. McBride advocated for a team-based approach to healthcare, acknowledging that no single healthcare professional can address all aspects of a patient's well-being. By fostering collaboration with other specialists, therapists, and support networks, healthcare professionals can provide comprehensive care that addresses the emotional, social, and behavioral health influences on a patient's overall well-being. This collaborative approach ensures that patients receive the support they need from various angles.

    Compassionate Support
    In addition to treatment plans, Dr. McBride emphasized the importance of providing compassionate support to patients. Active listening, validating experiences, and offering guidance and resources are key elements of this approach. By creating a safe and supportive environment, healthcare professionals can cultivate trust and empower patients to actively take part in their care.

    Quotes from Dr. Lucy McBride:

    "Trauma can come in many forms, it doesn't have to be a major event. Life experiences shape how we think, feel, and behave in ways we're often unaware of."

    "As physicians, we need humility. We make mistakes and don't have all the answers. Building trust with patients starts with acknowledging our limitations."


    Dr. McBride's insights shed light on the transformative power of adopting a holistic approach to healthcare. By understanding the whole person, accepting what cannot be changed, and collaborating with other professionals, healthcare providers can deliver comprehensive care that addresses patients' unique needs and empowers them to actively engage in their well-being.


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