Talkback: Our Final Show of the Season

This week, WCBA airs the final episode of our 4th and best season ever. We're giving the show to you as our way of saying thanks. Join us for our special talk back episode.

We asked you to tell us one thing you'd like your health professional to hear and you didn't disappoint us. We play the best of those submissions on our show.

Today, Peter Goodhand is CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society. Twenty-two years ago, his wife was diagnosed with incurable form of cancer. At the time, Peter sold medical devices, which gave him something of an insider's perspective when he and his wife were thrown headfirst into the medical system. Goodhand's wife was told she'd live three years. She survived twelve. Along the way, he learned some valuable lessons for health care providers that he shares on the show.

And we have a feature interview with writer-broadcaster Patrick Conlon. His longtime partner Jim O'Neill spent 15 weeks in hospital with a respiratory illness that nearly killed him. After he recovered, Conlon wrote a book based on his experience -- The Essential Hospital Handbook: How to be an effective partner in a Loved One's Care.

I'll be back with a final goodbye next week. Meanwhile, here are the links we promised you courtesy of the Canadian Cancer Society and My Leaky Body:

Check out Cancer Connection.

Check out Cancer Information Service.

Check out My Leaky Body.

Check out Patrick Conlon.

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Previous Comments (5)

Thanks for an excellent series. Some of the comments of the last show regarding caregiver/doctor relations really hit home with me. I am still hurting from a "family meeting" regarding my mother's condition in which two residents who did not know my mother emphasized how important it was to let my mother know asap she would "never leave hospital" and ask her how long she wanted to live. Mother had repeatedly beaten doctors' expectations, and I will always wonder what might have happened if we hadn't told her it was hopeless.

Dianne Cook, December 26, 2009 10:37 AM

I loved "Check out My Leaky Body". The author is "dead-on". Sorry for the terrible pun. It reminded me of when I went in for elective surgery (tubal ligation) to my local hospital. As the staff bustled around me in the operating room - largely ignoring me; I felt I would garner some interest by saying: "Remember guys, we're not really sure what patients hear when they're under, so........watch what you say." Someone quickly responded: "Are you a nurse???" I responded "Yes I am." No ensuing discussion was had.

Here's the funny part: I woke up in recovery with the recovery room nurse asking me,(Me! Who is waivering in and out of my drug induced state and couldn't answer her if I wanted to.) "What are these in your ears for?" As 1x1 inch gauze pads fell on my pillow!
I smiled to myself and took some satisfaction out of the fact that they either took me seriously or the operating room staff were perhaps playing a joke on me.....
I wonder what they talked about during my procedure?

val, rn, December 26, 2009 11:24 AM

I have come to wonder how doctors/hospitals determine what constitutes "patient-centred care". Did they involve patients in the discussions that resulted in the patient-centred care policy and practice? Did they pay full attention to the input they may have received? How is it that, after all this time, OR folks still need to be reminded not to talk about the patient as if s/he weren't there/couldn't hear?

I'm not misty-eyed (as you described it) that this is the end of the WCBA but I AM left somewhat unnerved by the news that we may have to wait until next fall (if we're lucky) for the next season. As I age, and have more consequent needs of the medical system, I find your program helps me think things through about the system I'm dealing with, rather than becoming immediately intimidated by it. It's a lot easier to wind down, as Conlon suggested, if you hear someone's experience of doing that.

Brenda Berck, December 28, 2009 3:17 PM

Hi Brian,

I have been meaning to tell you how much I enjoy your program: White Coat, Black Art.

The series is so innovative and up-front!. I can’t tell you how happy I (and many of my friends) are to have such a program on the airwaves – it is so much needed in the public sphere. It is the first program that attempts to equalize the physician-patient relationship. Bravo to you and the team that puts it together. White Coat Black Art should be mandatory listening for all health care workers, particularly physicians.

If White Coat, Black Art is ever in danger of being dropped, just let me know and I'll be on the front lines lobbying for that not to happen. Happy new year and keep up the terrific programming.

Dave Stevenson, December 28, 2009 11:21 PM

I am disappointed to learn that WCBA is off air for the time being. I don't think there has been a single episode that did not bear in some way with a personal experience.

Countless times I thought of writing. Just never found the time.

katherine bartosh, January 11, 2010 11:32 AM
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