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policy issues, positive patterns

NEJM opens access – discuss! Time for a Patient-Driven Health Information Economy?

A Twitter chat this morning, prompted by SPM member John Sharp, produced a rapid and wonderful change in an ongoing problem: so often articles about patients aren’t open to patients. In this case it’s an intriguing new article today in the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine: “Time for a Patient-Driven Health Information Economy?” Well, tweets sent to lead […]

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general, key people, positive patterns, reforming hc

Regina Holliday and the Walking Gallery are in AMA Journal of Ethics

One sign of a movement’s progress is when the establishment takes notice. This one’s a biggie: Regina Holliday’s Walking Gallery of Healthcare (Facebook) is in the January 16 edition of the AMA Journal of Ethics. A five page article! Click the image to view it. We’ve said since the founding of our society that participatory […]

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e-pts resources, medical records, policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care

50 million more patients to get OpenNotes! Huge win for empowered partnership!

Big news: a multi-foundation $10 million grant will spread OpenNotes access to fifty million more patients! Nearly 20% of America will have full access to their providers’ visit notes, so they can review them from anywhere! Regular readers know we’ve always been loud fans of the OpenNotes project. Initially funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation […]

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positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, pts as teachers, research issues

“Patients organise and train doctors to provide better care”: patients writing in the BMJ

As SPM advances the cause of patients as responsible drivers of their care, we sometimes hear denials or complaints from physicians who feel that e-patients needy, uninformed, self-centered burdens on busy clinicians’ time. Well, here’s a juicy counter-example – in the BMJ, one of the world’s leading medical journals. Swedish SPM member Sara Riggare is co-author of this […]

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positive patterns, Why PM

Dr. Danny Sands explains what participatory medicine is and isn’t (great 5 minute video)

Dr. Danny Sands is one of the co-founders of our Society for Participatory Medicine, a great primary care physician, and a real thought leader who’s been doing this modern stuff for twenty years. (He co-authored the first journal paper on how to do patient-clinician email without ruining the doc’s life – in 1998!) Last month […]

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positive patterns, pts as teachers, reforming hc, research issues, trends & principles

BMJ seeks more patients to be reviewers on articles about their conditions

This is a call for patient participation. We’re especially inviting members of our Society, but it’s open to anyone; feel free to circulate widely, especially to people with the conditions listed below! First, a bit of background, then the request. Regular readers know that the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) is far and away […]

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e-pts resources, found on the net, policy issues, positive patterns

Crohnology Blog: Am I disabled?

The series of blog posts at the online community website Crohnology continues for patients with IBD. Duncan Cross has a post that is interesting for anyone with an autoimmune or other disabling chronic condition: Am I disabled? It discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and the extension in 2008.

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ethics, PM Tech, policy issues, positive patterns, reforming hc, trends & principles

Key legal victory moves medical device patients one small step closer to full access to their data

For whose benefit does the healthcare industry exist? For the investors, or the people whose needs are the reason for the industry? Facebook last night was celebrating a small but significant legal victory this week for the “gimme my DaM data” movement (“Data about Me”), of whom super-e-patient Hugo Campos is a well known example. […]

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positive patterns, reforming hc, trends & principles, Why PM

“When someone else speaks for you, you lose”: patient empowerment as a civil rights movement

Here’s something I’ve never done: I’m capturing a comment from this blog five years ago and making it a post of its own, so it’s easier to find, because I think this is going to be more and more of an issue. It’s clearer and clearer that, as SPM board member-at-large Peggy Zuckerman says, patient empowerment is becoming […]

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Patient Conference Participation, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, pts as teachers, reforming hc, Stanford Medicine X, trends & principles

VIDEO: How Patients are Helping Change Medical Journals: BMJ’s Tessa Richards at MedX 2015

There can be no question that Stanford Medicine X is, head and shoulders, the most patient-oriented medical conference in the world. Susannah Fox first wrote about it here in 2012 after the first annual event, and it’s gotten better every year. I agree with what she wrote about the event’s organizer, Larry Chu MD: “Larry appeared […]

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