10/13/2013 14:16 EDT | Updated 12/13/2013 05:12 EST

Whole Person Care: treating both disease and patient

Both patients and healthcare workers can feel dissatisfied with how they interact. The system is overloaded. No one has time. Patients don't feel listened to.

Those are some of the concerns healthcare professionals will be talking about at the first ever International Congress on Whole Person Care that's being hosted by McGill University this week.

Dr. Tom Hutchinson is one of the organizers. He's the director of McGill Programs in Whole Person Care. He's also the editor of the first academic book on this growing field of study, Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century. 

Dr. Hutchinson tells Sonali Karnick about some of the ideas behind the conference.