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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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e-pts resources, general, hc's problem list, key people, Patient Conference Participation, patient networks, positive patterns, pts as teachers, shared decision making

Sep 26 – Patient Summit on Diagnosis in Alexandria, VA

To all in the Washington/Baltimore/northern Virginia area (and elsewhere if you care to travel!): The patient committee of the Society for Improved Diagnosis in Medicine would like to invite you to our second annual Patient Summit on Diagnosis. The summit is part of the pre-conference program of the Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference and takes place […]

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found on the net, positive patterns, pts as teachers, research issues

Crohnology blog: “Doctor Thyself: How Patients Self-Care”

The site Crohnology, well known patient community for patients with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), recently started focusing their blog on explaining IBD- focused research to patients. Their most recent blog post describes a study that studied what patients with IBD do for self-care. This is a topic dear to our hearts and we are doubly thrilled […]

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Patient Conference Participation, positive patterns, trends & principles

Partnering with Patients – From Theory to Practice: #HealthcareTransformers

Three continents. Five patients. Three conferences. Dramatic change is occurring in healthcare where patients, “the true trans­formers in care”, are changing the playing field, and redefining how they want to engage and affect change. The Society for Participatory Medicine is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the concept of participatory medicine, a movement in which […]

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e-pts resources, news & gossip, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, shared decision making, trends & principles

A Turing test for diagnosis: BMJ evaluates online symptom checkers; good Globe article

A new article in the BMJ this week reports on a good, clever evaluation of 29 online symptom checkers, showing that some have a clue and some don’t. I love it; in my view the bottom line is “Some are better than nothing, none is near perfect, and some are junk. Learn, but as with all […]

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policy issues, positive patterns, trends & principles

SPM applauds King v Burwell – “making healthcare accessible & participatory for all”

The Society for Participatory Medicine believes that an effective healthcare system is a collaborative one, where care providers and the patients and families they care for work together toward the best possible health outcomes. The importance of this partnership cannot be overstated; its supporters range from the Institute of Medicine to the World Health Organization, […]

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