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The S’mores Circle

This time of the year is often filled with reflection and a retrospective review of our lives with a focus on lifestyle changes we hope to attain in the New Year. It’s a time where regrets can be erased by future aspirations. Many of us set resolutions, which I stopped doing years ago, but as […]

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Why We Are Losing the Battle Against Infectious Disease

Antibiotics and similar drugs, called antimicrobial agents, have been used successfully for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been used so widely and for so long, that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill, have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective. Antimicrobial […]

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In our journal: exploration of gardening to foster engagement in stroke patients

A new article in our Journal of Participatory Medicine explores an area that apparently has had no prior literature: the effect of gardening on how well stroke patients engage in their care. From the abstract: Five main themes were identified from interviews and diaries: 1) the positive experience of nature, 2) therapeutic gardening as a protected self-expression […]

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“Extremis”: new Netflix documentary on end of life with Dr. Jessica Zitter

We’ve often written here about palliative care and end of life. (The two are not the same: you can have palliative care without having decided the end is near.) They’re, in a sense, the ultimate expression of patient-centered care, forcing the question: who gets to say what’s the right thing to do? One of SPM’s newest […]

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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, general, medical records, pt/doc co-care, pts as teachers, shared decision making, trends & principles

Guest Post by Mary Beth Schoening: a Definition of the Engaged Patient

This is a guest post by our member Mary Beth Schoening. Mary Beth is co-founder of Behavioral Health Innovators, Inc. an organization combining the power of human compassion with technology, advanced research and best practices from industry to encourage healthy behaviors.  As a digital health strategist, she has developed strategies and tools to engage both […]

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end of life, general

The Medical Humanity of Oliver Sacks: In His Own Words

We science-medicine-poetry junkies, along with a sizeable portion of the world’s population, are mourning the death of Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author who died last Sunday from metastasized melanoma. And as enthusiasts of Dr. Sacks’ catechisms on the soul of the patient, we turn to his own words of mourning, written over 40 years […]

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demographics, positive patterns, trends & principles

Aging & e-Patients: Challenges and Opportunities in Geriatrics

Guest post by SPM member Leslie Kernisan, whose words first appeared here in a September interview at Medicine X: “Leslie Kernisan (Twitter @GeriTechBlog), a geriatrician who’s deeply interested in and committed to enabling elders and caregivers through patient and family engagement.” (SPM members are invited to submit guest posts; guidelines are here.) Leslie is this […]

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e-patient stories, hc's problem list, positive patterns, reforming hc, Why PM

Through the Land of Smoke and Mirrors: An e-Patient’s Odyssey

Through the magic of Google Alerts, Diane Engelman recently learned of this blog. She’s one heck of an e-patient, though until now she’d never heard the word. That proves patient empowerment is a real trend, driven by a powerful force: the desire to help oneself – or, often, one’s child – in any way possible, […]

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general, news & gossip, positive patterns, trends & principles

Using Aggregate Data to Help Public Health

Public health is different than our personal health. Most people take for granted the role public health agencies play in our lives, but its primary emphasis is tracking disease data across the country in order to prevent a nationwide epidemic or pandemic. Nobody wants another bubonic plague, right? Public health agencies carry out their mission […]

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