July 4, 2009
Thomas Jefferson had a radical notion: When the people are well-informed, they can be trusted to govern themselves. This powerful idea worked to end our rule by the King, but at the time it didn’t apply to slaves and it didn’t apply to women. It STILL doesn’t apply to patients. And it should.
Organized in 2009, the Society for Participatory Medicine will build on the work started last century by Tom Ferguson MD, creator of the e-Patients Scholars Working Group. “Doc Tom” saw that the internet would give us access to information and access to each other, and with that combination, we the people could be well-informed enough to become potent partners with our health professionals.
Alan Greene, MD, FAAP, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, makes the case for doctors to start treating patients as equals, citing the examples of Thomas Jefferson and Michelle Obama.
For more information about Dr. Greene, please visit DrGreene.com