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As Dave stressed "Let patients help", my question is how can patients help their doctors?

The relation between a doctor and his/her patient is a relation of trust. If a doctor feels that he or she is not trusted enough, they may switch into defensive decision making process. And that would surely not yield good result. I personally believe that doctors treat their patients in best faith, but their treatment method may not be best. One of the vital resources "patient" is neglected till now. So how can patient help their doctor?


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  • Jul 7 2011: The physician does not have the data collection tools yet to read between the lines of what the patient is saying. We do not have the time to know our patients in this healthcare model but I believe it is possible to create a tool that will help non-intuitive people really see what in the patients life is preventing them from progress. Relationships, finances, predjudices (Self, others, beliefs), self identified life roles (aka patients who take care of someone over themselves), unworthyness. . . the list goes on, I do not think it is out of the realm of possibility to train doctors/nurses in a data assessment form that helps them read between the lines and guide patients in their own self discovery.
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      Jul 21 2011: In order to physicians get data from the patient, patients should be able to collect data that will represent their life experiences. Patients observe a lot of valuable facts that would be useful to physicians for more accurate diagnosis and more realistic and efficient treatment plans. However, data collection tools available to patients are not sufficient.
      If the patients can have sophisticated data collection tool that will be useful to record their life experiences, patients can pass them to their care providers.

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