Katz: ‘Participatory Medicine’ encourages partnership between patient and provider | eHealth - Social Business in Health | Scoop.it
For hundreds of years, the physician-patient relationship has seen the physician as the authoritative, sometimes dictatorial, healer — the unquestioned expert on care, protocols and medical regimens. The patient assumed the role of a passive receiver of information, taking orders and instruction from the doctor.

Today, there is a movement afoot — one that is welcomed by me and many of my colleagues. It’s a change that I hope will become the norm when it comes to the physician-patient relationship. It’s all about partnerships between patient and provider.

Participatory medicine, as noted by the Society for Participatory Medicine (S4PM), is “a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health and in which providers encourage and value them as full partners.”

The society further states, “Participatory medicine is a model of cooperative health care that seeks to achieve active involvement by patients, professionals, caregivers, and others across the continuum of care on all issues related to an individual's health.”

I encourage my colleagues and medical professionals across our region to embrace the participatory medicine movement.

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