Keeping Patients in the Dark – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of June 30, 2014)


The legal and ethical implications of KEEPING PATIENTS IN THE DARK
Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice: The legal and ethical implications of keeping patients in the dark: http://siipc.org/

You shape your Twitter experience through who you choose to follow. Everything else derives from this — the tweets you see, the suggestions for people to follow, the hashtags listed as trending, all of it. For me, by far the majority of the people I follow are somehow connected to healthcare. Last week the hashtag that was vibrating through my Twitter feed was #SIIP14, which turned out to be for a biannual event on patient choice held at Dartmouth College. From what I was seeing, it sure looked as if they had some exceptional speakers and great conversations. There was also ONE particular tweet and slide that seemed to sum up the most important thoughts of the conference, on how to tell the difference between “informed consent” and “shared decision making.” Trust me, if the image doesn’t show up in the embedded tweet below, you really need to click through and see this one.

The discussion centered around that one tweet was rather insightful, especially with respect to how “informed consent” may be perceived by actual patients. Here are just a few selections (excluding some of the strong language that accompanied people’s passionate responses).

That side conversation is, however, only part of the exceptional thoughts that circulated through #SIIPC14. Historic context, overdiagnosis, the child’s view of the doctor, unwanted surgeries, access to information and research articles, respecting the accommodation needs of patients who attend healthcare events (and when is the doctor a patient?), with much more.

Note – in this image, the doctor is the one with their back to the rest of the room, typing away furiously on the computer.


ABOUT INFORMED CONSENT IN SURGERY


INFORMATION ACCESS AND PATIENTS


ACCOMMODATIONS


OTHER HIGH POINTS


First posted at THL Blog: http://thlibrary.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/keeping-patients-in-the-dark-hashtags-of-the-week-hotw-week-of-june-30-2014/

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