Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine

I have always been a believer in the power of collaboration. In the topic to be tackled in today’s chat I was particularly drawn to what I have read at the Journal of Participatory Medicine written by Serena Barello particularly that despite the growing acknowledgement of the term “patient engagement” it is still at risk of being a “hot buzz phrase”. The journal aims to identify the main conceptualizations associated with the expression “patient engagement”. But just how do we really aim patient engagement to be? And how do we truly get feedback if it really delivers into quantified cost of decreased healthcare savings, hospital admissions and re-admissions and contributes towards relevant consumer health awareness?

In Andersson/Fennell/Shahrokh’s Making the Case for Public Engagement it was stated that effective engagement benefits decision makers and providers and as consumers become better informed, empowered and more motivated to get involved and support ideas if they have some influence over the agenda. Better informed consumers and patients at that are also likely to lead a drive for better quality engagement which will in turn support efforts to improve engagement. There exists a virtual circle that will be valuable in defending engagement programmes from skeptics and others who undervalue such activities, particularly during a period of increasing pressure.

Way back when I was a patient I shifted my paradigm to be an involved decision maker in the process of my treatment; I detached from being a doctor to being an active patient participant involved in making choices which I felt comfortable of course with my colleagues’ involvement, financial considerations and balancing benefits versus risks were all part of my story in being involved in what is defined as Participatory Medicine.

Join in the discussion as we openly share insights on the following questions:

T1- How can one become an engager? What, for you, is the most important characteristic needed in becoming one?
T2- In today’s times and technological advances how do you define Participatory Medicine?
T3- Can we truly achieve a balanced approach between HCPs and patients in Participatory Medicine?

See you for another #HealthXPh on August 2 at 9 pm Manila time/ 9 am EST!


1- The Challenges of Conceptualizing Patient Engagement in Healthcare: A Lexigraphic Literature Review by Serena Barello, June 11, 2014; reviews, Volume 6, 2014; http://www.jopm.org
2- Making the Case for Public Engagement by Edward Andersson, Emily Fennell and Thea Shahrokh of INVOLVE; http://www.involve.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Making-the-Case-for-Public-Engagement.pdf

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