doctors

 

pt/doc co-care, reforming hc

How can we cope with uncertainty?

We’ve written often about uncertainty, which is a recurring challenge in medicine and especially in participatory medicine, where issues of relationship and decisions are core. Some doctors have told me they were trained to display certainty even when things aren’t sure, and many patients (in my experience) want certainty about their diagnoses, or at least want their clinicians to […]

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e-patient stories, general, how I became an e-patient, patient networks, positive patterns, pts as teachers, social media

Cleo Kordomenos: How My Opinion on Online Health Communities Changed

This is a guest blog post by Cleo Kordomenos. Cleo was my student in the New Media and Health Communication class I taught at TCNJ. More about the class is shared in this post.  Cleo Kordomenos is a Senior Communication Studies student at The College of New Jersey with a concentration in Health Communication and a […]

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PM Tech, positive patterns

“Unmarried teens would jump off bridges”: NY Times on suppression of home tests

A large part of the Society for Participatory Medicine’s work is culture change, and that requires pointing to the cultural roots of today’s situation, so that well-meaning people today can understand how we got here, and how absurd today will look in the future. I’ve rarely seen a better example than in today’s New York Times […]

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general

OpenNotes on stage at live Washington Post event

Tuesday morning in Washington, the Post hosted a 2-1/2 hour event on improving healthcare, with numerous speakers on several topics. Of special interest to SPM is this 26 minute segment that includes OpenNotes, which we’ve often written about. OpenNotes director Tom Delbanco is one of the three speakers. He describes the historic origin of OpenNotes and […]

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Alternative Choices for Healthcare: What are the Options?

I was at dinner with friends recently when I noticed that my right thumb was red, swollen and painful.  One of my friends is a biochemist and instructed me to immediately soak the finger in hot water.  I continued our social evening dipping my right thumb in and out of a cup of boiling water. […]

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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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general

Why the Google mug leaves such a bitter taste

Guest post by SPM member Katherine Kelly Leon @KatherineKLeon of the famous “SCAD sisters,” spotlighted in this 2011 post. This is about the “Your Googling” mug many of us discussed last week. Coffee mugs are like totems, spiritual items that empower us. Many of us have a favorite mug that helps us feel strong enough […]

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The truth about that “your Googling and my medical degree” mug

I can’t tell you how many people have flung this Facebook item at me since last night, starting with my wife. :-) It’s already approaching 25,000 shares. (Update: at 11am ET on Dec 1 it’s up to 73,000 shares in 48 hours. I’d say it’s going viral…) Listen, people: Googling does not mean I think I’m a […]

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general

Misdiagnosis: A Chronic Condition Looking for a Cure

According to a report in the BMJ Quality and Safety Journal, each year in the U.S. approximately 12 million adults or 1 out of 20 patients who seek outpatient medical care, are misdiagnosed in a way that could cause severe harm. These alarming statistics are further reinforced by a new study from the Institute of […]

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reforming hc, trends & principles, Why PM

We’re all in this together

A guest post from member Jeffrey Halbstein-Harris – this is a small slice of a longer piece he used as the basis for a speaking engagement. This is a call to consumers: my brothers and sisters who rely on healthcare and its infrastructure’s support throughout their life. I was leaving a meeting of healthcare policy experts […]

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