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Health Affairs: patient activation impact on cost + outcome

In a study report hitting the digital wires on Health Affairs at 4pm Eastern time today (March 2, 2015), a group of researchers are reporting the results of a longitudinal study of Patient Activation Measure (PAM) impact on cost and outcome metrics from a large study cohort. The results show that activated, engaged patients have better outcomes, at […]

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policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, trends & principles, Why PM

Mythbusting, “demanding patient” edition

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We’d bet good money that anyone who identifies as an e-patient has been led to believe that their desire to participate actively in their medical care marks them as a “demanding patient.” The perception of demanding patients is that they’re behaving like spoiled divas at a medi-spa, with their demands driving up incidence of unnecessary […]

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medical records, policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc

OpenNotes in the BMJ: the message goes global, adoption is international

Our Society for Participatory Medicine is all about effective patient-clinician partnerships, and to us that simply requires patient access to all information about the case. As SPM co-founder Dr. Danny Sands often says in his speeches, “How can patients participate if they can’t see what I see??” So, naturally, this blog has been one of the biggest, […]

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general, news & gossip, patient networks, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc, Stanford Medicine X, trends & principles

Big BMJ supplement on Patient Centred Care – with many SPM and MedX voices

This is a great week for SPM, for our colleagues at the Stanford Medicine X conference, and for everyone else who’s been working for years to shift medicine’s thinking about the role of the patient: Yesterday the BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) released a big, 21 article “Spotlight” supplement on “patient centred care.” The print edition is due out tomorrow, […]

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news & gossip, policy issues, positive patterns, research issues

A landmark day in the movement: Patients in the Front Row

         Last Friday, 200 patients, advocates, scientists, doctors and researchers gathered at the White House to hear President Obama’s launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative. According to the President, precision medicine aims to tailor treatments to each individual. President Obama likened precision medicine to how we match blood transfusions to blood type – only now […]

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general, policy issues, positive patterns, reforming hc

The movement gets real: one of Doc Tom’s sightings gets $28 million with Iora Health

There are times in a movement when value is revealed and recognized, and you know something real is happening. In the engaged-patient movement, the first I noticed was when Amy Tenderich’s Diabetes Mine blog (and its community) was acquired several years ago. That takes it from what some people might view as “clubby” to tangible […]

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medical records, PM Tech, policy issues, positive patterns

From OpenNotes to OurNotes: New project heads toward *real* participatory medicine

I’m beyond thrilled. Way beyond thrilled. This is going to take some figuring out, but is this what we’ve been striving toward, or what?? For years we’ve written here about the OpenNotes study (MyOpenNotes.org), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which established that when patients can read their doctors’ unedited visit notes – the hairy detailed medicalese […]

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Opening the ICU doors to family: report from Virginia Mason

Cross-posted from my personal blog yesterday On Twitter Friday night I learned from Dr. Sachin Jain of a November article that should be of interest to all of us who want to work toward full patient and family engagement in all aspects of medicine. To be sure, the changes we’d like are not always simple, and […]

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general, medical records, positive patterns

Patient Generated Health Data webinar featuring SPM members

The Health Data Consortium, the folks who bring Health Datapalooza to life in DC every year, have increased the input of the Consumer Circle ahead of this year’s event, which is on the calendar for May 29 thru June 3 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington DC. As part of that commitment to increasing the […]

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general, positive patterns, reforming hc

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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