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LEARNING TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY IN THE MEDICAL WORLD
Patients and their families need compassionate healthcare options with serious considerations being given to one's quality of life and preservation of dignity and autonomy for decision making. "Everybody Needs a Hippo"provides an easy way for patients to tell their story and be seen and heard by all. We are entering an evolutionary phase in medicine where the patient will play a greater part. As in olden times when the patient as a whole was observed, known and treated, new medicine will find that including the patient's life traits into the prognosis will improve the quality of life, dignity and well being for the patient as well as for the practitioner.
This booklet provides a clear and surprising insight into the importance of our day-to-day life traits. Understanding how important watching a sunset, playing tennis, riding a horse, cooking or eating a meal is to an individual, may be of great insight. Knowing that someone might select not to undergo a procedure if there was a chance he/she might never eat, drink, shower, or be able to do any of the daily activities we take for granted; might just be an amazingly respectful gift to all.