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Chronic Disease, Patient Care

A year's summary of patient insights from Inspire contributors

Year Two of our partnership with Inspire, a company that builds and manages online support communities for patients and their caregivers, has continued to bring a patient viewpoint piece to Scope readers each month. We’re grateful for all the insights shared, and we hope you’ll check out Inspire’s just-published compilation of this year’s stories, titled Experts by Experience.

As Patricia Salber, MD, writes on The Doctor Weighs In:

The patients’ stories offer clinician readers an opportunity to learn what it is like to be on the other side of the stethoscope – and it isn’t always pretty. Some of the stories made me shudder as I recalled being a perpetrator of some of the bad behaviors described in the document.

These patients’ stories are much more recent than mine, but still they contain examples of communication failures…

She continues:

But what I love about this compilation is that there are also stories about doctors doing it right:

The patient who was told he only had two years to live talked to another doctor who told him instead, “Yes, you can beat this. We are treating to cure!”…

Take a look and see what inspires you.

Previously: Experts by experience: A year’s worth of patient stories

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