Patient Manifesto

Patient Centered Care: A Pledge to Do Better

To all those who work in healthcare: we have gone astray. There was a time when each and every one of us dreamed of our profession as a way to help others, a way to cure and save lives and bring some sense of order back to the chaos inherent in a world of disease and illness. Even the most benign form of medicine should still exist as a service to fully better the patient. But […]

Atul Gawande Being Mortal

Dr. Atul Gawande on Medicine and Being Mortal

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End  by Atul Gawande I first heard about Dr. Atul Gawande while watching a collection of TEDTalks focused on improving the future of healthcare. While many of the other speakers had interesting views on the direction of medicine, Gawande was one of the few interested in tackling the simple aspects often overlooked. In particular was his introduction of a checklist for all surgical procedures, which has become famous since his […]

Changing Healthcare: Is Technology Ruining Patient Centered Care?

You’ve had a sore throat for weeks. Your nose has been stuffy, your eyes water, and your ears are so clogged with wax that you can barely hear. You’ve noticed some discharge on your pillow in the mornings. You go to your general practitioner. You sit in the waiting room for half an hour and then it takes another thirty minutes once you’ve been called back to see the doctor. He looks at you for five minutes, types […]