Case Studies

We welcome submissions for this section of JoPM. Case Studies are structured accounts that illustrate experiences with participatory medicine, which may be told from the perspective of individuals (patients and professionals) or in the context of practice settings. If you are interested in submitting a case study, you may do so here.

 

Case Studies, Evidence, Vol. 9, 2017

Electronic Screening to Increase Identification of Risk: Lessons Learned in the Implementation of an mHealth Risk Assessment Strategy in an Urban Primary Care Environment

Urban, underserved populations experience significant disparities in the screening, prevention, and treatment of chronic disease. Electronic risk screening provides one method of eliminating disparities in the identification of risks, while limiting the burden on providers. This paper reviews the process, success, and challenges of implementing a tablet-based, electronic risk screening pilot study.

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Case Studies, Vol. 6, 2014

Lessons Learned from Implementing a Multi-Year, Multi-Project Public Engagement Initiative to Better Inform Governmental Public Health Policy Decisions

The author outlines lessons learned from a CDC initiative on public engagement and public policy decision making.

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Case Studies, Vol. 6, 2014

Case Abstracts of a Multi-Year, Multi-Project Public Engagement Initiative to Better Inform Governmental Public Health Policy Decisions

This paper examines a CDC initiative aimed at developing a feasible method of engaging the public that would better inform agency or sponsor decision making in the short term and build trust between the agency or sponsor and the public over the longer term. The initiative succeeded in the short term, but no ongoing infrastructure devoted to public engagement was created to achieve similar results over the longer term.

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Case Studies, Vol. 5, 2013

Divergent Care Team Opinions About Online Release of Test Results to an ICU Patient

Are the principles of transparency and excellent patient care mutually exclusive? The authors examine a case history where a family caregiver and clinicians offer differing opinions on the wisdom of hospitals releasing online test results to inpatients in real time.

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Case Studies, Vol. 5, 2013

Challenges in Measuring Patient Participation: Case Studies from British Columbia’s Patients as Partners Initiative

This article examines the implementation of the Patients as Partners initiative in British Columbia, which seeks to increase public engagement in health care, and the simultaneous development of coherent and practical measurements to gauge its success.

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Case Studies, Vol. 3, 2011

Autonomy in Jeopardy: Contrasting Participatory Health Models with Patient Decision Making Under Mental Health Law

The authors use an ethical lens to focus on limits placed on health care decision making in the case of people governed by mental health law, using Victoria, Australia as their example.

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Case Studies, Vol. 3, 2011

The Cancer Supportive Care Model: A Patient-Partnered Paradigm Shift in Health Care Delivery

A cancer program specialized in treating patients with multiple myeloma developed a participatory care model which could lead to a changing paradigm in health care delivery with major benefits to patients and lower costs for health care in the US.

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Case Studies, Vol. 3, 2011

Promoting Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services through a Peer Specialist Employer Learning Community

This case study explores how the peer specialist employer learning community can effectively guide organizations through the process of adopting a participatory approach to mental health service provision.

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Case Studies, Vol. 3, 2011

Creating a Participatory Office Practice for Diabetes Care

Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires active participation by both the patient and various members of the physician’s office staff to achieve optimum outcomes. This paper discusses the Diabetes Master Clinician Program, a project that encourages participation in care though a disease registry, group visits, and empowerment of patients and office staff.

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Case Studies, Vol. 2, 2010

Health Care Decisions in Disasters: Engaging the Public on Medical Service Prioritization During a Severe Influenza Pandemic

Seattle & King County held public engagement meetings to obtain feedback and recommendations from the local community regarding the prioritization of scarce medical services during a severe pandemic, and how those services should be allocated.

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Case Studies, Vol. 2, 2010

Shifting from Shared to Collaborative Decision Making: A Change in Thinking and Doing

Despite its theoretical appeal, the concept of shared decision making in the clinical encounter has yet to translate into practice. In this article we revisit this approach and suggest an alternative we have labeled “collaborative decision making,” which may lead to more equitable and more favorable outcomes.

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Case Studies, Vol. 1, 2009

A Seat at the Table: A Research Advocate’s Journey

The story of one patient advocate and author who moved beyond her personal experience with breast cancer to focus on helping women with metastatic disease, which in turn has led to her further training and involvement with drug development, regulatory issues and other research issues.

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