Like many smokers, Jed wanted to quit.
A line worker at a GM factory in Flint, Michigan, Jed
suffered a cardiac event that scared him. He didn’t want to die young — like
his dad had. But behavior change is hard, and there’s a lot more to it than one
person’s will. Jed knew he wouldn’t just have to overcome his nicotine
addiction, but also break a norm among his friends, who also smoked. Jed and
his doctor, Trissa Torres, who told
at IHI’s 2015 Annual International Summit on Improving Patient
Care in the Office Practice and the Community, talked with him about the
real-life obstacles that stood in the way, and helped him navigate his way to
Jed quit smoking.
These conversations are more important than ever, as chronic
disease related to diet, exercise, and drug use are on the rise. And health
care is moving away from notions such as “non-compliance,” which place blame on
patients when they don’t follow doctor’s “orders.” More than ever, people need
providers who build two-way relationships with them to help them reach their
health goals. And health systems are taking on more responsibility to offer
programs to help patients with healthy eating and exercise, as well as working
with communities to create more opportunities for people to lead healthy lives.