Search all of the Society for Participatory Medicine website:Search

What is Participatory Medicine?

Aging populations, innovation and technology are changing business as usual in healthcare.

  • High patient expectations
  • Technology-enabled care
  • Focus on quality and costs
  • Big data use at point of care


Be Part of the Change

  • Community & conversations
    Patients, care givers, doctors, nurses, administrators engage in active discussions
  • Advocacy
    S4PM public policy committees work to inspire and influence public policy
  • Research
    Our member accessible peer-reviewed Journal of Participatory Medicine will publish the latest research
  • Education
    Webinars, online courses, presentations and workshops developed for both healthcare professionals and patients


Technology Picks up the Pace of Change

Technology is rapidly accelerating our ability to connect with each other, to share, to amplify the
voice of the patient, to collaborate. Just one of the many reasons it is so important to get involved now.

For too long ... quote


There are three criteria that any initiative for positive change in healthcare will be assessed against. There is a body of emerging evidence that Participatory Medicine delivers on all three.

Improved Health Outcomes

Shared decision making by patients and healthcare professionals lead them to make better health and healthcare decisions. And healthcare professionals who practice par-ticipatory medicine are able to better tailor care to their situation.

Greater Satisfaction

Patients feel respected and in control when the healthcare process is transparent, informative, reasonably convenient and collaborative. A great benefit of Participatory Medicine is that healthcare professionals feel more satisfaction as well!

Lower Costs

Existing and emerging studies show the link between patient engagement and better health outcomes leading to lower costs. Engaged patients have lower hospital read-mission rate and are more aware of the value of preventative care and early detection.

Shared decisions, engaged patients


Unleash the Power of Partnership

Participatory Medicine is a movement in which patients and health
professionals actively collaborate and encourage one another as
full partners in healthcare

Join us and be a change maker!

Join the growing list of partners and supporters who have already signed up to help us transform the culture of patient care.

Clapping handsOrganizations & Companies:

Choose from a variety of programs to sponsor. Apply what you learn where it matters most for you — with patients, employees, healthcare professionals, caregivers and others.


Join the community and add to the conversation. Learn from and be inspired by your peers and others working to make
healthcare better.