Food for Thought
Food for Thought – September 8, 2014 Edition
I Thought We Had More Time – By Jamie Krug on the HuffPo – A story about a child who realizes he’s different and his sister’s beautiful response.
No Owey, you’re going to be really fast one day. You can grow into my sneakers soon and I’ll give them to you — even though they’re pink — because they light up and that makes people really fast. And you should ask Daddy to help you with your running skills. Daddy’s really good at stuff like that. I bet you’ll even beat me one day! She told him.
When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write – By Leana Wen on NPR – An important piece about doctos and patients working together. I always tell parents of kids with chronic health issues to ask for the clinic notes from the doctor. It’s cheaper and easier to ask the doctor than to go through a medical records request.
After the first year, the results were striking: 80 percent of patients who saw their records reported better understanding of their medical condition and said they were in better control of their health. Two-thirds reported that they were better at sticking with their prescriptions. Ninety-nine percent of the patients wanted OpenNotes to continue, and no doctor withdrew from the pilot. Instead, they shared anecdotes like mine. When patients see their records, there’s more trust and more accuracy.
Good Night, Margaret – Rick Gershon and Catherine Spangler in the NYTimes – A beautiful love story about two people with Muscular Dystrophy.
So, what else do I need to be reading?