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positive patterns, Why I joined

Participatory Medicine: An Administrator’s Point of View

Guest post by Mark Reifsteck [left], who joined our Society in 2014. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkWReifsteck. To become a member, individually or organizationally, see our Join Us page. It started innocently enough: I made an off-handed comment on the SPM member listserv about tone-deaf (my term) administration of a healthcare institution, which prompted […]

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medical records, policy issues

NPR Shots: Small Violations Of Medical Privacy Can Hurt Patients And Corrode Trust

One pillar of participatory medicine, as SPM co-chair Dr. Danny Sands often says, is access to our medical records: “How can patients participate if they can’t see what I see??” But a major impediment to free-flowing information is incompetence or malfeasance in protecting our data, which makes some people want to clamp down. Patients and […]

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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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general, pts as teachers, Why I joined, Why PM

on the complexity of problems and ePatients as innovators

One of our Society’s best kept secrets is the composition of our membership. And lately, some of my best collaborations are coming out of conversations with fellow members. Last week, as I frenetically packed for a trip, I was chatting on the phone with our own e-Patient Dave. We were talking about the Movement, some […]

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

WSJ: “Researchers are asking patients to help design clinical trials.”

I could smack myself for not noticing this earlier, but it happened while I was at the ESMO conference (the “European ASCO” cancer conference) in Madrid last month: Amy Dockser Marcus has another great piece on how medicine is truly starting to engage with patients as active contributors to improving healthcare. Woohoo! The lede: Scientists […]

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news & gossip

SF Bay Area chapter of SPM starting. Join!

SPM member Richard Anderson @RiAnder has a lot of experience helping to found and develop another organization’s local chapters around the world. Because of a nightmare experience with the U.S. healthcare system, he has decided to work to change that system, and as part of that work, to start a local chapter of SPM in the San Francisco […]

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positive patterns

Designing for Better Health

This is a banner week for people who think good design contributes to better health. On Monday, DiabetesMine and the California HealthCare Foundation launched the 2010 DiabetesMine Design Challenge. Last year the contest garnered more than 150 entries and awarded a grand prize, a “most creative” prize, and a kids’ category prize. I can’t wait […]

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