Two-Way Decision-Making – Alone?

A couple of days ago I read an article about the Salzburg Global Seminar, attended by 58 healthcare professionals and researchers from all around the world. The panel had a discussion on patients’ role in healthcare decisions, and called them the future “co-producers of health”.

While I completely agree with their argument, that patients need to be more involved making big decisions about their own health management and treatment process, I feel like the seminar itself shows where healthcare fails to give patients the chance to participate. This was the perfect example of a decision-making process about the way healthcare and treatment should work. So where were the patients, or health advocates, leaders of patient communities?

The panel agreed, that “patients should vocalize concerns and questions”. As long as there is no communication between healthcare professionals and patients this remains a goal in theory.

(Source: MedPage Today)

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