If I identify evidence that can improve the health of individuals or the health care system, is 17 years too long to wait for this evidence to start changing lives? There is an extended gap between when evidence about health improvement is identified, and when it starts to be systematically integrated into the health care system. This is a challenge for scientists.
While driving home from ED the other day I started to feel the chronic illness overwhelm. It's that feeling that comes from beginning to get a sense that you are starting to gain control of your health (and therefore life) and suddenly something happens and you realise that you really don't have that much control.
I went to Colombo in Sri Lanka in December 2013 to speak at a public health conference. I was talking about the challenges in proposing a public health policy for early diagnosis of dementia given the lack of scientific evidence to support the impact of the timing of the diagnosis on health and personal outcomes for patients and carers.
Yesterday I lost my car keys. Constantly trying to find things takes up important thinking space, causes stress and wastes an awful lot of time. I wasted hours looking for my keys and many more mental hours thinking about possible reasons for their disappearance.
I'm dedicating this month to understanding how I spend my time. Through understanding what I do with my time, I think I will be able to look at opportunities to maximise the way I use my time by organising things differently or making different choices.