The work of being a patient gets a bit more pressPosted: January 9, 2013
In a fascinating account, and writing for the Altarum Institute blog, Janice Lynch Schuster reveals her discovery of the work of being a patient and relates this to our conversation about minimally disruptive medicine. This is among the best written accounts of MDM available and I highly recommend it.
On a personal note and in response to Nathan Shippee’s comment to the article, she adds:
The approach makes so much sense to me–both personally, in my own experience, and more generally, when I think of what it means for people to live with multiple, long-term chronic conditions. I appreciate the point you make, about workload-capacity imbalances increasing over time and presenting even more hurdles for patients. I wonder how people can address these imbalances — or how their clinicians can help them to do so.
The call for action is there. So much to do.