When I was writing the Pew Research report, “Peer-to-peer Healthcare,” I switched back and forth between numbers and stories, national survey data and notes from my fieldwork among people living with rare conditions. I learned to scan my spreadsheet of rare-disease respondents for women’s names since they seemed to stop at nothing to protect their […]
peer-to-peer health care
“…we often do so learning from our peers. When it comes to illness-warranted behavior changes, as like seeks like, it’s often easier to make changes learned from fellow patients with whom you share the experience of a disease.” – Riva Greenberg, The Power of Patient-Expert Books (an article worth your time, particularly if your life […]
Hurricane Sandy “slapped the snark out of Twitter” for media reporter David Carr. In his column today, Carr discusses a newfound sense of community, which will sound familiar to anyone who uses social media to navigate an acute or chronic health condition: – Twitter turns serious during a crisis – Certain users and hashtags can […]
Two videos recently impressed me with their use of illustration and narration to educate an audience about health. First, the most recent video by Mike Evans, MD, who curates My Favourite Medicine: Second, one by the 6-year-old son of Joyce Lee, MD, MPH: Joyce wrote a thoughtful post about why she helped her son create […]
This is a highlight reel of my keynote at last year’s Medicine 2.0 conference. I’ll be speaking at Medicine 2.0 Boston on Sept. 15 to discuss patient-provider collaboration for patient safety.
Here’s my simple definition of peer-to-peer healthcare: Patients and caregivers know things — about themselves, about each other, about treatments — and they want to share what they know to help other people. Technology helps to surface and organize that knowledge to make it useful for as many people as possible. An idea whose time […]