It may be that the language we use to describe issues of poor quality hide their damaging effects. Maybe ‘suboptimal outcomes’ doesn’t sound that bad. But hearing a woman talk about how she felt she had to fight to get the right care for her mother and that despite her best efforts, she feels that she failed her, casts those ‘quality issues’ in a new light.
At our latest 1000 Lives Plus learning session, I presented five videos and chaired a discussion about quality issues. The videos told Betsan’s story – of trying to get the right care for her elderly mother. They provide an important insight from a family perspective to many of the problems we discuss every day.