Humanization in healthcare arises from the need for a holistic approach to illness

Med Intensiva (Engl Ed). 2018 Mar;42(2):99-109. doi: 10.1016/j.medin.2017.08.002. Epub 2017 Nov 11.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Suffering is not only exclusive to patients or their relatives, but also to the health professionals, who feel to be at the center of the depersonalization process. Over-technification and the fact that the disease process is sometimes the only focal point of our activities, together with the ever-increasing influence of institutional power seen in recent times, all cause the health professional to be the first in demanding a change in health institution dynamics. Following initial reflection from one of the most technified medical specialties (Intensive Care Medicine), classically isolated from the rest of the Hospital and from the community, we implemented a project aimed at securing integration and empathy in our approach to patients and their relatives in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Infanta Margarita Hospital. The project was designed to incorporate tools for working on the most important elements of a humanization plan, i.e., the patients, their relatives, the health professionals and the community, attempting to disclose the work done in the ICU over a period of 12 months. This project is referred to as the Project ICU Infanta Margarita: 1 year: 12 months for 12 commitments.

Keywords: Humanización; Humanization; Intensive Care Unit; Music therapy; Musicoterapia; Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos.

MeSH terms

  • Aftercare
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control
  • Communication
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Confidentiality
  • Empathy*
  • Holistic Health*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Motivation
  • Music Therapy
  • Patients / psychology
  • Personnel, Hospital / psychology*
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • Recreation
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Social Media*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / nursing
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / prevention & control
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Visitors to Patients