For last Friday’s #patientchat, we discussed what it meant to be a good patient and whether that was different than being an empowered patient. This discussion was partially inspired by our reading of Shara Yurkiewicz’s post on being a good patient. As Nick Dawson in the chat pointed out, the terminology of being a “good” patient is not patient-centered.

What do you think, is being a “good” patient something that we should be striving for? Or should we be looking for something else in our quest to become empowered?

More thoughts from #patientchat below. 

  • @abrewi3010: For me [being a good patient] means being empowered, active, curious, and advocate for myself, others, and for a better system. #patientchat
  •  @Drug_watch: A1: Being a good patient means being informed & doing your own research—don’t expect the Dr. to be responsible for everything. #patientchat
  •  @nickdawson: distilling #S4PM’s def & my own, Id say empowered patients are ones who desire to help, at any level, in any way #patientchat
  • What would make healthcare more participatory? @abrewi3010: Less consumer based and more patient centered. Free markets are great at producing iPhones, not caring for my problems. #patientchat
  • @abrewi3010: Patient stories need to be included more in education and celebrated thru out HC system. #patientchat
  •  @KellyRawlingsInternal motivation very important, but shaping environments to make healthy choices/self-care choices easy also important [for making empowered patients] #patientchat
  •  @nickdawson: last thought: even patients who don’t use ‘engaged’ term may be engaged and just waiting for a providers to get hip. #patientchat
  •  @abrewi3010: Curiosity needs to be celebrated and rewarded more. Science needs to return to curiosity base versus profit motive now. #patientchat
  • @nickdawson: @abrewi3010 well said! Research and science often seek out what can be easily study, quantified and turned into data. #patientchat
  • @abrewi3010: Everyone deserves access to the same quality of care too #patientchat

Thank you Alan, Nick, Drug Watch and Kelly for your insights and hope to see you on November 15th for the next #patientchat!

Emily Lu

Emily Lu

Co-founder at Intake.Me
As a medical student going into family medicine, Emily joined Intake.me to leverage technology to create a more patient-centered health care system. Emily is now a resident in the UCSF-SFGH Family and Community Medicine program. She is focused on developing a primary care system that uses technology to empower patients. Emily is passionate about underserved medicine, public health and quality improvement. She was selected to present an Ignite!Talk at Medx2015 on streamlining doctor visits.
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