Restoring the ART of Medicine

Values-Based Decisions About Health Care

Each of us will have to make difficult decisions about health care. For some it will be choosing a hospital to have surgery in or a nursing home to care for an aging parent. It can also mean making decisions about the end of one’s life or about life-sustaining treatments, about controlling suffering and dying peacefully.

At ProNobis Health, we recognize that these decisions should be based on what is important to you. We will help you identify both the information and the values that are important to you in making these decisions. Our goal is to give you access not only to the facts but also the feelings that can lead you to the right decisions for you and your family.

ProNobis Health also advises policymakers and health care providers—institutions, hospital administrators, doctors, nurses, and anyone who cares for the sick—on how to address ethical dilemmas in a way that considers the values of all stakeholders. We believe that by a deeper understanding of patients’ and their families’ values, in an ethical context, health care institutions and providers can better facilitate care. We provide counsel to health care professionals who are facing cultural, religious, moral, or ethical distress and help them identify the norms by which to understand and resolve it. We also understand the emotional burden that such distress causes, and we are able to provide ways to care for the caregiver. We help health care providers practice the art of medicine.

We maintain moral neutrality—our goal is to help patients, providers, and institutions discover their own values and come to ethically sound decisions. We acknowledge a spiritual dimension in all living things, but we do not advocate any specific religious tradition. We do not receive funding from any entity that would influence our recommendations to patients (unless disclosed otherwise).

The Art of Medicine

"The practice of medicine, and its embodiment in the clinical encounter between a patient and a physician, is fundamentally a moral activity that arises from the imperative to care for patients and to alleviate suffering." AMA Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 1.1.1
"[T]hat our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer; that the chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life...." Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity." Hippocrates
"It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has." Hippocrates

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Located in San Francisco, CA, ProNobis Health provides information aimed at helping patients and providers everywhere.

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