Credit where credit is due.

The Danish Medical Association’s annual meeting is coming up in a few days. For the event’s blog, they requested a post about patient engagement! I wrote about the pioneers at my hospital who for many years have been saying that patients are the most underused resource in healthcare.

The post is here.

The post names the doctors I know of who mentored my own physician, Danny Sands. I know they’re not alone; what other clinicians (doctors, nurses, anyone) should be recognized as participatory pioneers? I’d love to build a list – maybe someday there will be a museum of participatory medicine. :–) Name them in comments please!

(p.s. I often say “Patient is not a third person word. Your time will come.” Indeed, this post came about because of such a moment. On April 11, Dr. Danny Sands and I spoke at a meeting of the Danish patient safety association. In the audience was Dr. Mads Koch Hansen, newly elected chair of the Danish Medical Association. He told us that our story of participatory medicine reminded him about a family episode of his own, when his young daughter was very sick while they were far from home on vacation. He understood why patients want to help in every way they can.)

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