Dear Colleagues & Friends,
it is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to Bologna, to the 10th meeting of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders.
Over the years, we made a lot of progress in the field of hydrocephalus. It is our duty, nonetheless, to remain committed to improving because the journey to professional excellence never ends.
According to the Institute of Medicine, Quality of Care is characterized by six traits. Care needs to be Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable and Patient-centered. When care is lacking anyone of the above traits, the issues at play are usually multiple: low morale, inadequate staffing and lack of interdisciplinary collaboration.
Our own experience confirms the need of paying attention to patients and families, the need of avoiding unkind behaviors, and the importance of looking at things from the patient’s perspective. Our experience confirms, in fact, the crucial importance of the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you want them to do unto you”. We need to make this notion central to our culture. I am counting on all of you to make it happen.
I am confident that we will continue to contribute to the health and well-being of people and communities across the world.
Dr. Daniele Rigamonti
President of the International Society for Hydrocephalus & Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders