Dr Maeve Hurley, founder, and CEO of Ag Eisteacht, was honoured to be invited by the Women in Medicine in Ireland Network (WiMIN) to present a webinar on 3rd March to an audience of general practitioners and other medics via MedCafe, a series of on-line webinars for GPs.
As a member of WiMIN and a former GP, Maeve shared insight into the power of relationships in general practice.
Throughout her presentation, Maeve acknowledged the enormous pressure GPs are under during these Covid19 times and the impact that this global pandemic is having on opportunities and capacity for engagement with patients.
Her affirming presentation drew on evidence-based research and studies in medicine to show that quality relationships in practice clearly make a difference to health and wellbeing outcomes.
She also shared the four steps of Ag Eisteacht’s ABLE brief intervention model – Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen and Empower – as one example of how GPs might open and manage a conversation with a patient while looking after their time and boundaries for their own wellbeing.
“It was an absolute honour to address this audience on a subject that is close to my heart. Aware of the additional stress and time pressures that GPs and other healthcare professionals are under, I feel grateful that they took time out of their busy working day to reengage with some ideas about why relationships are an important aspect of practice.
“My sincere thanks to MedCafe and Dr. Sarah Fitzgibbon from WiMIN for this opportunity to raise awareness of the power of supportive relationships in general practice, particularly during this time of transition and change.”