Ok so what is this all about, the word participatory comes from the work participation, so in short this is what it is all about, getting involved in your healthcare. If you don’t get involved there’s nobody going to do it for you.
We are very busy today as we have more information and decision making processes than mankind has ever faced and so goes the same for your doctor and their clinical staff. I write about many new devices on this site and this is all part of the participatory medicine. In one way or another in the upcoming future, there’s going to be a device or data report you are going to need to know about. Telehealth is moving very quickly and devices are taking the place of “in office” communications as we have known in the past.
There’s not a day that goes by where it seems I am not hearing of a “breakthrough” of some type, and yes that word is used loosely as it may be a breakthrough in an area that may not have an effect or be of interest to you, but would be of interest to someone else. I try to break down articles that somewhat appeal to all and give a general list of posts. Back on target here, read up, learn, and pay attention. All devices and data are not created equal and we have literal explosions of technology and data coming from many different directions and it is easy to get lost. The journal will also add some value with articles of interest to help keep you up to speed so you may want to bookmark the site for future reference too. BD
Why Participatory Medicine?
Summary: The job of the Journal of Participatory Medicine is to answer the question of "why participatory medicine"? It is our hypothesis that PM is good: It will lead to healthier, more empowered individuals, lower health care costs (through reduced need for health care) and a more productive, happier society overall. But that's just a hypothesis, and one we want to test rather than assert. To test it, we need both to cover news of the field and to encourage researchers and individuals to try things out and report on their efforts. So yes, we're a cheerleader and optimist..but in the end we must be a skeptical if loving critic.
One aspect of education happens in schools. What's the proper curriculum for schoolchildren about healthy living? How can we teach kids that it is normal and expected that they maintain their own health records, check out a new doctor's performance, and research their treatment choices, much as they manage other parts of their lives? Those questions bear examining and we hope to become a resource whenever people need to find the answers.
For participatory medicine to flourish, consumers will also need tools and services to find and manage their own information. These will include everything from pedometers and monitoring devices, to easy-to-use software that will enable them to record their data, analyze it, and compare it with those of others. Many companies are jumping into this market; they will need to make sure their software interoperates with other tools and services on the market. We hope that this Journal will help the best to emerge and others to improve, and will highlight evidence on which ones make a difference to individuals.