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Consumer Reports: “Respectful” treatment key to patient safety?

In a report released today (December 16, 2014), Consumer Reports shares insights from a survey of 1,200 people who were recently hospitalized. SPM is not surprised by the findings, which include the fact that patients who said they received respectful treatment by hospital clinicians reported fewer medical errors and better experiences in their hospital stays. […]

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What happens when patients can accurately make their own diagnosis?

A physician friend once shared his belief that the main product of a physician’s productivity is the diagnosis. Setting aside feelings about the notion of a work product in medicine, I’ve quite liked the simplicity of his distillation. The diagnosis is the economic enabler which leads to tests, prescriptions, treatments, interventions and counseling. So, what […]

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general, policy issues, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc, trends & principles

Engaging Patients in Safety: Naughty or Nice?

This post by long-time SPM member Michael Millenson first appeared on the EngagingPatients.org blog. We’re re-posting it here to both put it on the membership’s radar, and to invite comments on Michael’s POV that “As much as we can argue that patient engagement with their own healthcare decisions is progress, asking patients to keep doctors honest about the […]

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Sequencing Your Genome: Opportunities and Challenges

Rapid advances in the technologies giving scientists the ability to analyze, understand and identify the unique characteristics in the genome of every human being are now being translated into clinical applications that are actually prolonging the life of many individuals afflicted with a variety of diseases.  This was evident at the 10th anniversary of the […]

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Digital Technology in Health and Participatory Medicine Recognized in UN Forum

    The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1946. It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. The active participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is a critical element in the work of CSW. […]

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Inaugural Emerging Leader Award from CCFA- DC Chapter for Carly Medosch

Society for Participatory Medicine member Carly Medosch and her mother Mary Jo have run the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Fredericksburg, VA support group for the past 6 years. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two forms of imflamatory bowel disease (IBD) – conditions with chronic or recurring immune response and inflammation of the […]

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What has happened to the Personal Health Record?

By Nancy B. Finn There has been so much discussion online and in the press about electronic health records and physicians sharing EHR data with patients via such tools as OpenNotes and Blue Button, that the personal health record (PHR) has been lost in the dialogue.

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New on JoPM: “e-Patients Never Retire”

Today in our Society’s journal, SPM co-founders Joe and Terry Graedon of PeoplesPharmacy.com posted something I couldn’t agree with more: e-Patients Never Retire That’s kinda by definition, eh? But there’s an uppity Sixties edge to this, and with this too I couldn’t agree more.. Excerpt: Older patients have something to tell their health care providers: […]

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(Video) Larry Weed, father of the Problem Oriented Medical Record – Grand Rounds, 1971

Students of medicine (surely most MDs) will know the name Larry Weed, but I didn’t until a few years ago on this blog, when I learned that in 1999 our founder “Doc Tom” Ferguson gave Weed an Outstanding Achievement Award. In the late 1960s Dr. Weed created the concept of the POMR: the Problem Oriented Medical […]

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New evidence: Engaged (activated) patients do better and cost *less.*

Update: instant egg on the face! This article is actually 18 months old, part of the big Health Affairs issue “New Era of Patient Engagement,” which Ileana Balcu blogged about at the time. Well, this post has already been retweeted ten times in 90 minutes, so I guess I’m not the only one who didn’t […]

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