This report, ‘Realising Realistic Medicine’, sets
out the multi-professional, national and international support we have to adopt Realistic Medicine in Scotland and outlines our plans, in collaboration with the Scottish Health Council and the ALLIANCE for engagement with the public during 2017.It includes practical examples and shared learning from around Scotland showcasing the exciting work underway. Realistic Medicine puts the person receiving health and care at the centre of decision-making and encourages a personalised approach to their care. Its aims of reducing harm and waste, tackling unwarranted
variation in care, managing clinical risk, and innovating to improve, are essential to a well-functioning and sustainable NHS.
The Annual Report also contains the traditional
snapshot of the ‘Health of the Nation’. These key headlines should stimulate those who do not
generally access this material so they too can share the broad intelligence about Scotland’s health.