Opinion

 

Editorials, Opinion, Vol. 9, 2017

The Journal of Participatory Medicine Success

Society of Participatory Medicine President Joe Ternullo reflects on this Journal’s role in promoting the Society’s mission and invites readers to participate in the Journal’s success.

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Editorials, Vol. 9, 2017

Our Field Advances: Participatory Health Research Library Project to Begin

The best possible future for the medical professions must necessarily include the contributions of activated, engaged patients. The new Society for Participatory Medicine-Weill Cornell Participatory Health Research Library will strengthen the field of participatory medicine by providing ready access to literature supporting our initiatives.

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Commentary, Opinion, Vol. 8, 2016

Alternative Sources of Health Care On Every Corner and in Cyberspace

Faced with a shortage of primary care doctors, patients are finding alternative options — both in-person and online — for basic, sudden, non- emergency and routine medical needs.

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Editorials, Vol. 8, 2016

Considering the Evidence: Experience vs. Experiment

Modern medicine often disparages anecdotes as not worthy of serious consideration, but several studies suggest that we can all benefit from both types of evidence: experience and experiment.

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Editorials, Vol. 7, 2015

Improved Lifestyle is the Pathway to Health

it is ironic that patient-provider encounters spend so much time and effort on obtaining lab tests and adjusting medications and doses when attention isn’t being paid to addressing basic lifestyle issues. What accounts for this disconnect?

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Editorials, Vol. 7, 2015

Making Treatment Decisions in the Midst of Chaos

When the diagnosis is murky and the best treatment is unclear, patients must make treatment decisions amidst chaos and information overload. Co-Editor-in-Chief Joe Graedon shares his experience in navigating this tricky territory.

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Commentary, Vol. 7, 2015

Lightning Goes to Ground

What really drives positive change in health care? A participatory physician argues that the key is the autonomy and empowerment of individual patients.

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Commentary, Vol. 7, 2015

Participatory Care in the Nursing Home Setting

Resident and family participation in nursing home care is becoming more the rule than the exception. The author’s challenge to nursing homes is to design formal ways to make it easier for patients and families to provide feedback.

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Commentary, Vol. 7, 2015

Digital Photography and the Medical Selfie

Patient generated health data – especially medical photography – can be very powerful aids in diagnosis and doctor-patient and communications.

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Commentary, Vol. 7, 2015

Patient and Family Access to Electronic Health Records: A Key Ingredient for a Pediatric Learning Health System

Giving patients access to their own EHRs could encourage them to better co-manage their disease as well as to contribute to ongoing clinical research.

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Editorials, Vol. 7, 2015

Participatory Pediatrics

Taking care of children might seem like an area of medicine where paternalism should be welcomed and accepted. But even in pediatrics, building agency and participation can be particularly powerful.

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Commentary, Vol. 6, 2014

The Future of Primary Care: One Medical Student’s View

Both patients and physicians have grown too accustomed to the status quo of long waits and too little time to discuss the patient’s health or ask questions. The author envisions a future where primary care visits offer greater convenience and better outcomes for both practitioner and patient.

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Commentary, Vol. 6, 2014

Addressing the Problem of Medication Non-Participation

There is mounting evidence that patient non-participation in taking prescribed medications is associated with adverse outcomes and higher costs of care. The author analyzes the problem and offers practical solutions.

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Editorials, Vol. 6, 2014

E-Patients Never Retire

Older patients have something to tell their health care providers: look at me; listen to me; and speak with me rather than to the person who may have come with me to the visit. Even enlightened health care providers may need to examine their implicit assumptions about older patients more closely.

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Editorials, Vol. 6, 2014

A Tribute to Jessie Gruman, Founding JoPM Co-Editor

Jessie had a uniquely constructive approach to Participatory Medicine that will be sorely missed and will not easily be replaced.

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Editorials, Vol. 6, 2014

“I No Longer Have to Go to See the Doctor:” How the Patient Portal is Changing Medical Practice

Since the introduction of a patient portal in our electronic medical record, my practice has changed substantially. My patients tell me it’s for the better.

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Editorials, Vol. 6, 2014

The Patient, the Provider, and Participatory Medicine—Are We a House Divided?

What does “participatory medicine” really mean? Widely varying interpretations have sometimes led to confusion and conflict, and threaten to limit our progress in advancing health.

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Editorials, Vol. 6, 2014

Fighting over Homework: an e-Patient Debate

Co-Editors-in-Chief Joe and Terry Graedon cite evidence that e-patients who research their conditions are in a much better position to weigh the benefits and risks of medication. But what about the many patients who don’t want to do their health care homework?

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Editorials, Vol. 5, 2013

Tom Ferguson’s Triangles in the 21st Century: An Initial Proposal

In 1995, Tom Ferguson, MD, predicted that the World Wide Web would turn health care on its head. Two decades later, his vision is holding up, and then some.

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Editorials, Vol. 5, 2013

Is the EMR Enhancing or Hindering Patient-Provider Interactions?

For better or worse, the exam-room encounter between a provider and a patient is drastically different now compared to “pre-EMR” days. Co-Editor-in-Chief Charlie Smith, MD tells how a participatory approach to using the EMR can enhance the benefits and overcome the challenges of the technology.

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