For last week’s #patientchat, we discussed what ways we had to make more patients empowered, and as always, our #patientchat community had many great ideas. Because there are many parts to becoming an empowered patient: from learning about what it means to be empowered, to developing a relationship with a doctor who supports you being empowered, to changing your mindset about what it means to be a patient.
For every issue, our #patientchat audience had many ideas. We made a Storify of all their thoughts, but here are some of our favorites:
- Mark-John: I think part of the challenge is explaining what an empowered patient means.
- Alan: Get more patients in the main stream media! Courage breeds courage which will take more patients down the path of empowerment.
- Jack Imaging: Be prepared. It’s hard to feel empowered when you don’t feel prepared. Gather ALL records + ALL notes before!
- Darla: Maybe t-shirts that say: “I am an e-patient, ask me what that is”
- Rachel: When life gets hard don’t say “Why me?” say “Try me.”
- Courage Sings: An environment in which patient engagement sets the stage for involvement. Finding a doc that is willing to partner with a patient is key.
- Rachel: #epatient community is really like a secret world – it’ll totally change how you look at health and medicine.
- Mark-John: If you feel intimidated, try to figure out why. Then attempt a sit-down with your Doc, explain yourself and what you want to do.
- Darla: Welcome new members. Use non-clinical terms. Take time to invite newbies.
Thank you all for participating and join us next week (April 18, 2014) for a very special Twitter chat featuring Jack Imaging, our allies in developing patient-centered health technology!
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