Sunday, October 19, 2014

How patients can contribute to improving medical care


The NYTimes website has a great article called - Why Doctors Need Stories
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/18/why-doctors-need-stories/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=opinion&assetType=opinion&_r=0

Narratives have always been important; and stories are great teaching tools. They are sticky and memorable, and medical students learn medicine by studying "around and about" their patients.

However, it's not only doctors who can contribute medical stories. Every patient has a story to tell, and patients can help to advance medical science by telling their own stories. A blog is a great way of doing so, which is why we encourage patients to keep a blog and share their experiences and their expertise, with other patients, and with doctors as well !

A great example of a superb patient blog is Manju's blog at www.myselfishgenes.blogspot.com

I hope her example will inspire other patients to keep a blog as well !
You can email Manju at manjupadmasekar@yahoo.com


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