ICCVM 2020


Communication for One Health: The Life Capital Solution
Bichara Sahely B.Sc. (Hons.), MB. BS., DM (UWI), Basseterre, St. Kitts
According to the World Health Organization, "One Health is an approach to designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes. The areas of work in which a One Health approach is particularly relevant include food safety, the control of zoonoses, and combatting antibiotic resistance.” In order to manage better the public health risks at the human-animal-environmental interfaces” and to also coherently and comprehensively include the emerging health concerns of plants, soil microbiome, gut microbiome and the social and planetary life support systems that sustain and energize for full expression and enjoyment the livelihoods of all organic life, a new framework of understanding will be introduced. This conceptual framework enables precise and concise communication among the different stakeholders in helping us to promote our “common life interests” and the prevention of life-harms. It is the map to ”the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment."
This framework is based on UNESCO Philosopher Professor John McMurtry’s life-value onto-axiology in which life-value principles, criteria and measures ground, anchor and steer fulfillment of these goals. It uniquely and simply provides the common language to allow us, in real time, to communicate, collaborate and coordinate with each other in order to deal with our pressing physical, mental, social and planetary ills, that seem to be escalating each day. What we need more now than ever before are cognitive and communicative tools to deal with the climate emergencies and deteriorating trends in organismic health as a result of the undermining of our social and planetary life carrying capacities by a life-blind global system of profit-maximization exploitations.
Fifty years of progress on communication in veterinary and human medicine: What have we learned and where are we headed from here?
Suzanne M. Kurtz PhD, Professor Emerita, University of Calgary (Canada) and Washington State University (USA)
For decades researchers, educators, and clinicians in veterinary and human medicine have been focusing intently on how to enhance communication in practice so as to improve outcomes of care. Based on perspectives I have gained from working on that endeavor within both professions for nearly 50 years, this plenary session takes stock of the progress we have made regarding communication in veterinary and human medicine during the last half century, factors that contributed to that progress, and where we might want to head next.

One of the most fundamental things we have learned in both human and veterinary medicine is that how we think about communication has a profound impact on what we do – in our practice, our communication teaching and learning, what we choose to research, and how human patients and veterinary clients participate with us.Because our thinking plays such an influential role, this presentation begins by developing a conceptual framework, a scaffold, that helps us first to think more productively about what constitutes communication competence in healthcare and then to more readily translate our thinking into practical action. On a more immediate note, the framework also offers a way to organize and consolidate into a more coherent whole the almost dizzying variety of perspectives on communication competence we will hear during ICCVM 2020.Grounded upon a substantive body of communication research, theory, and experiential evidence from both human and veterinary medicine, the framework summarizes 50 years of progress and prepares the ground for continuing that progress going forward.
Building on the framework’s emphasis on evidence-based practice and the relationship between how we think and what we do, the second part of this plenary shifts the focus to what research says about the connection between client/patient perspectives (including their ideas, beliefs, concerns, expectations), adherence or follow through, and improved outcomes of care. In addition to looking at models of change that help explain these connections, the presentation samples research identifying problems in this area that occur at various stages in client/patient-clinician interactions and then explores specific evidence-based communication skills and approaches that increase our ability to discover and work with client/patient perspectives and that help to resolve identified problems. The third part of this plenary draws parallels between this discussion of how client/patient perspectives affect outcomes and selected best practices in learner-centered communication coaching and mentoring.

Sunday, June 7th: 9:00 - 9:30 am
Topical Issues - Small Group Discussion with the Experts 
Join us for small group conversations with 6 communication specialists, switching tables every 15 minutes.
Facilitated by a host.

The full conference agenda will be posted here once available. Stay tuned!