Meet the plenary panelists at HCIM: Machteld Huber
As a young general practitioner, Machteld became ill herself and this, between 30 and 35 years of age, four times with different serious illnesses. Although it were hard times, she learned a lot of it. This hospital experience stimulated her interest in work on improving health. She really wanted to do something.
Healthcare in broader perspective
‘During times of my illnesses I became a very experienced patient. I discovered how much can be added to valuable medical knowledge, to improve your well-being as a patient, as well as to stimulate your healing forces and recovery. After these years I became interested to work on improving real health and resilience! I wanted to broaden ‘healthcare’ beyond ‘disease care’ and become a researcher to develop a scientific basis for that. Besides that, I worked with really damaged people - drug addicts and people with war traumas - to find out how much can be healed among these people.’
'Personal sense of meaning is central'
Improving health by taking steps
‘My research work led to a proposal for a new concept of what ‘health’ is and elaborated that into the broad concept of ‘Positive Health’ with six dimensions of life, mostly based on interviews with patients. In Positive Health you score your experienced well-being and decide on which topic you would like to improve and what a first step would be. Your personal sense of meaning is central.
I started the Institute for Positive Health of which I am not director anymore, as I am heading 70. I am now advisor.’
My contribution to HCIM will be a plea to connect to the patient’s own dreams and stress how this can give people wings and motivation.
Machteld will be one of the plenary panelists at HCIM, you can find more info about the other plenary panelists here.