Realistic Medicine is an approach to healthcare that aims to put people, including patients and carers, at the centre of decisions made about their care. 

When you experience care based on Realistic Medicine you will:

  • Be confident that your healthcare professional is seeing you as a whole person not just your condition.
  • Know that your healthcare professionals listen to you and understand what matters to you.
  • Trust and connect with your healthcare professional.
  • Feel positive that the care and support you receive will deliver what matters most to you.
  • Be able to take part in decisions about your health and wellbeing
  • Be able to access information, advice and community support that meets your needs and preferences
  • Have support to understand your options for treatment.

This video explains more about Realistic Medicine and how it supports care based on what matters to you.

Shared decision-making

Shared decision-making is a key part of Realistic Medicine. It means that you will work with a healthcare professional to:

  • Discuss and share information to help reach a decision about your care.
  • Ensure that you understand the benefits and possible risks of different options for your care.This includes looking at the option of no treatment at all.
  • Choose tests and treatments based on scientific evidence and on what matters to you.

This video explains more about shared decision-making.


A personalised approach to care 

Personalised care means people have choice and control over the way their care is planned and delivered. It is based on 'what matters' to them and their individual strengths and needs.

This video explains more about personalised care.


Value-based health and care 

Value-based health and care is about changing the way that health services work.  To be sustainable for the future, services need to focus on the outcomes that matter to people.  It involves delivering care and support at the lowest possible cost when building on people’s strengths and targeting support at what really makes a difference. 

This video explains more about value-based health and care.

More about Realistic Medicine

Realistic Medicine is a key set of principles that are driving health services to deliver care centred on people's individual needs.

In this videoclip,  Professor Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer, speaks to Sara Redmond, Chief Officer in the ALLIANCE, about what Realistic Medicine is, and how it empowers individuals.

The second video features a second interview, this time with ALLIANCE Lead for Caring and Outreach, Tommy Whitelaw and Realistic Medicine Clinical Lead for Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Dr Jude Marshall.  The discussion looks at the work going on in Glasgow to implement Realistic Medicine and how patients can get more involved in decisions around their own care.