With so much emphasis in the healthcare field on experts and expertise, here’s a tweet and its responses that look at this question. The next time you were asked who the health expert is, what will your response be?
I use this statistic often in my talks. I asked a group of students last week "who are the health experts", they answered "doctors", I said "no, patients are – doctors are there to work with our expertise about our bodies to help us get better if/when we need them". https://t.co/jDraCf4qIk
Every so often, a tweet is encountered that is too good, and indeed too true, not to share. Given how quickly the number of retweets is increasing, other people feel the same way. With any luck, some of the people doing the retweeting are physicians.
Doctor: Don’t confuse your google search with my 6 years at medical school.
Patient: Don’t confuse the 1-hour lecture you had on my condition with my 10 years of living with it.
As part of Patient & Family Centred Care Week, which goes from November 6th-10th, 2017 and Change Day, which occurs on November 17th, 2017, the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services has initiated a “Lived Experience” activity. For one day, healthcare professionals will walk in the shoes of a patient as a way of gaining greater insight, understanding, and compassion for what it is their patients live each and every day.
Click on the image below to see what shoes Paul and some other healthcare professionals will be walking in.
If you are from Alberta, have lived experience with depression, and are interested in depression research, you may wish to participate in an online survey conducted by Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit, Patient Engagement Platform, Alberta Health Services and Canadian Depression Research and Innovation Network. By completing this survey, you will assist in determining the top 25-30 depression research questions to be used for an upcoming workshop. What questions matter most to you?
Clay Jonathan is the creator and artist behind the webcomic Depression Comix. Through his illustrations, he attempts to express some of the feelings, challenges and complexities associated with depression. As he says about the illustration above:
In this comic, the character tries to get help, but is weighed down by depression in a symbolic way. Her mother is unaware of the struggle and tells her that if she was really suffering, she’d pick up that phone and get help. I think a lot of people feel this way. They suffer in ways their friends and family can’t see or understand, but are treated like they aren’t trying. This is really frustrating and demotivates you further. Getting help is not as easy as some think it is.