Many empowered patients are *experts* in their own disease.
Medicine is (too) slowly becoming more patient centric. The patient needs to be at the center of the health care equation. While physician experts clearly know more about when a procedure is indicated or how a procedure should be performed…. they do not know what the affect of that procedure will be on every single patient… nor do they know if every patient who “qualifies” for a procedure, wants one. Here are some concepts that anyone who works in health care should be fluent in….
Shared Decision Making , Informed choice, defining the “personality of an injury or disease and, Participatory Medicine.
The empowered patient and participatory medicine population are changing the landscape of the way medicine should be *practiced*…. and health care providers should be paying attention and listening.
Empowered patients have seen research that their physicians have not yet read. They can share that information and improve the level of understanding of their entire treatment team. But the provider needs to open to receiving that information. They need to be willing to interact with that “e”patient who may in fact be an expert in their disease.
The health care landscape is evolving rapidly. 85% of patients are researching their disease, their physicians and the health care system online. Many are becoming *experts* of sorts… those of us (in the #hcr system) who ignore this movement do so at their own peril.
Don’t even try to tell my dad how to change his coumadin dose when his INR is high or low!!! You’ll immediately know what I am referring too above :-) !!
Be kind to me!!
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