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
- @KellyRawlings: Internal 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
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