Closing the gap between you, Google and your support group
How do we balance the infinite amount of data available online with your expertise in process and content?
The role of sharing in the therapeutic process
Despite the power of Dr. Google – there are many medical issues where the specialists must lead the therapeutic process.
In conditions such as Parkinsons Disease, the support group meetings and online sharing are used to stay on top of medication, side effects, falls and general feeling of the patient even though the decisions on the treatment plan need to be made by an expert neurologist.
However there are other medical conditions where the patient can benefit by taking more of a leading role. One common example is carpal tunnel syndrome.
According to the findings of an August 3rd, 2011 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), patients receiving treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) prefer to play a more collaborative role when it comes to making decisions about their medical or surgical care,
Treatment of carpal-tunnel syndrome which is very common and also extremely dependent upon patient behavior and compliance is a great example of the effectiveness of “shared decision-making, or collaborative, model” in medicine, in which the physician and patient make the decision together and exchange medical and other information related to the patient’s health.
Pathcare is an online service for sharing for people who care.
Pathcare is an outstanding tool in support of the shared decision-making model and adds significant value to the paternalistic model of medicine (where the doctor makes the key treatment decisions but still needs input on patient compliance and patient experience) and the consumerist model where the doctor provides the patient with the plan and lets him run with it
As the article in JBJS concludes:
by Leave a reply →
“This study shows the majority of patients wanted to share decision-making with their physicians, and patients should feel comfortable asking questions and expressing their preferences regarding care. Patient-centered care emphasizes the incorporation of individual styles of decision making to provide a more patient-centered consultation,” Dr. Gong added.
In a ‘patient-centered’ approach, patients’ cultural traditions, personal preferences and values, family situations, social circumstances and lifestyles are considered in the decision-making process.