Are clinicians from Mars and e­Patients from Venus? My experience is that e­Patients and clinicians can agree that they seek “best health”. Yet there is such a disconnect, such frustration, so much of the time. Participatory medicine strives to bridge the gaps between patients, caregivers, clinicians and health care systems. Caring about best health and getting to best health are very different. How can patients help their team use the frame of life outcomes? Patients will never think like clinicians. Can clinicians learn to think like patients? My friend, Rebecca Archer, a nurse, asks every patient, “What is the most important thing in your life?” Then she designs her care and services to help them remove barriers to attaining that goal? Is that cool or what?

Published in the Prepared Patient® Blog, Center for Advancing Health. June 10, 2013.