Monday, December 04, 2006

Giving patients control - The Boston Globe

Giving patients control - The Boston Globe: "'She listened to her peer,' he says. 'You get a person with peers, and you level the playing field. It's not threatening. It's not about experts or medical people. People truly understand what choices are when they talk to their neighbors. You give people control and information, and they'll make the right decision for themselves. They're in charge.'

This realization was also an exercise in humility, all too rare a commodity among doctors.

'It made me realize the neighbor had more impact than I did,' Schreiber explains. 'This was my epiphany. They didn't teach this in medical school."

This is why online social networking can be so useful in improving healthcare. It allows patients to talk to each other, and support each other !

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