Patient advocate Trisha Torrey writes and talks a lot about “participatory medicine.” Today she writes:
“While many of us patients truly want to participate in our own care, we’re not finding a great deal of cooperation from the others who must participate – our providers.
Some providers get it! In fact, some are very cooperative, offering knowledge, learning materials, assistance, discussion. They are the enlightened ones who realize that two heads — theirs and their patients (us!) will always be more effective than one.”
She has now posted an online poll asking readers:
Think of the specialist you see most frequently. Do you consider him/her to be participatory?
Yes. My specialist and I decide every aspect of my care together.
Partially. Sometimes we decide together, other times I just bow to his/her expertise.
Barely. Once in awhile we discuss options.
No. I can’t get this specialist to discuss options with me at all. It’s his/her way or the highway.