Vol. 4, 2012

 

Research, Vol. 4, 2012

Impact of an EMR-Based Daily Patient Update Letter on Communication and Parent Engagement in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

This study found that using EMR data in the form of a daily patient update letter for parents of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients resulted better communication and improved parents’ perceived competence to manage information in the NICU.

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Research, Vol. 4, 2012

The Many Faces of Patient Engagement

This study was conducted to gain a more clear understanding of the term “patient engagement” and what it means to different stakeholders in different health settings.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 4, 2012

Book Review: Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Medical Choices Together

Better than any existing literature, this book highlights techniques and behaviors that clinicians must use to support the empowered patient, and suggests significant improvements to decision aids.

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Editorials, Vol. 4, 2012

Knocking Down Barriers to Care with Patient Centered Medical Homes

Everyone encounters barriers to care at one time or another, but they must be removed if we hope to create a cost-effective health care system that can engage patients and help them take responsibility for their own health.

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Editorials, Vol. 4, 2012

The Participatory Seal

What would it be like if patients could identify participatory physicians as easily as they could use Yelp to identify a restaurant serving their favorite style of food?

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Books & Literature, Vol. 4, 2012

Book Review: e-Patients Live Longer

This easily read Guide addresses the relationship and communication among the health care team (patients and their lay and professional caregivers), safety, information gathering, privacy, cost, and health care’s future.

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Conferences, Vol. 4, 2012

Health Camp KC: The Unconference

The overarching topic at this unorthodox conference weekend was “Patient Involvement, Engagement, and Empowerment.”

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Narratives, Vol. 4, 2012

One Clinician’s Awakening

I am a nurse. I am a patient. I was sure about which role made me strong and which one made me weak. Which was helpful to others and which was a burden. Then an email arrived in my inbox that would turn all those beliefs upside down.

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Narratives, Vol. 4, 2012

Listen, Dream, and Change: Using the Power of Patients to Improve Care

We need to make our care more patient-centered. The author illustrates with some examples from his daily practice that we should use the power of patients to achieve the necessary changes. Listening and dreaming appear to be important catalysts.

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On the Web, Vol. 4, 2012

IOM Calls for Enlisting Patients to Improve Care and Lower Costs

The new IOM consensus report, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America, presents specific and very “participatory” recommendations for improving the efficiency and quality of the US health care system.

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Editorials, Vol. 4, 2012

Is the Standard of Care Good Enough for You?

There’s a race on for hospitals and health care providers to demonstrate evidence-based practice. But while evidence-based care is certainly better than care based on opinion, speculation, or tradition, patients need to start depending on each other to get the best care possible.

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Research, Vol. 4, 2012

Examining a Proactive Self-Care Index in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program

Proactive self-care is a fundamental element of the Participatory Medicine model. Few indices measure self-care, and research about interventions that enhance self-care is sparse. This study aimed to develop a simple, direct measure of the dimension of proactive self-care in medical settings for use in research about participatory medical interventions.

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Narratives, Vol. 4, 2012

Using Self-Coaching to Improve Life with Fibromyalgia

The author discusses her use of psychological self-coaching techniques to maintain optimum health and functioning while living with fibromyalgia syndrome.

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Commentary, Vol. 4, 2012

Collaboration, Communication and Connection: Fostering Patient Engagement in Health Care

Engaging patients is a collaborative process that begins with good communication.

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Letters, Vol. 4, 2012

An e-Patient’s Frustration

Inspired by a recent JoPM article, the author shares his struggle to be heard by his physician.

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Editorials, Vol. 4, 2012

Practical Followup

Is there a practical way to decrease the barriers to efficient, ongoing followup communication between patients and health care providers?

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Books & Literature, Vol. 4, 2012

Book Review: Depression: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

This book uses the author’s expertise as a clinical psychologist and that of other experts to pull together information about depression which many people want to know.

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Narratives, Vol. 4, 2012

Can We Just Choose to Live?

The author describes how, for herself and other cancer survivors, “choosing to live” provides a pathway to survival, and supporting fellow patients/survivors enhances their own wellbeing.

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Commentary, Vol. 4, 2012

The Impact of Open Access and Social Media on Scientific Research

Traditionally, research papers undergo peer review before publication. Two trends, open access and social media, are changing the peer review process.

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Editorials, Vol. 4, 2012

Solving the Followup Dilemma

Solving the followup dilemma will be the dawn of a new age in medicine, one in which participatory medicine will be the norm, rather than the exception.

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