Here at HealthyConcerns I often feel like a lone voice in the wilderness, speaking from the non-health care professional's point of view. But if we are heading more and more in the direction of patients partnering with their doctors to chart their own care, then partners need to listen to one another and learn from one another.
With that in mind, I've organized this week's Grand Rounds by how each set of posts helps people like me understand the health care system and the people that work in it:
Sometimes they help us remember that they're human too
Sometimes we feel that doctors are cold, unfeeling...seeing as many patients as they can, rushing us through. But if you've ever had a friend who listens to your troubles and then finds a way to make it about them, then you know that you need your doctors to keep their emotions out of it. But some posts remind us that they're human.
Dr. Tony shows another side, imagining the worst that can happen when doctors' human failings get the best of them. And one of GruntDoc's readers relays an incident that takes it out of the realm of imagination into reality.
Sometimes they have strong views about the world outside their office walls.
Industry Veteran guest blogs on The Health Care blog and gives his veteran perspective on the "deeper meaning" VIOXX verdict.
While the Genetics and Public Health Blog introduces us to one family's blog about dealing with autism, Respectful Insolence ruefully comments on one family's perhaps ill-considered treatment program for their child with autism.
Sometimes they step in when people make things too simple!
Lots of people are talking about Malcolm Gladwell's recent article about health care in the New Yorker Magazine. Glad well is famous for bringing high-toned concepts to the masses, but perhaps he goes too far. In any case, plenty of MedBloggers want to bring more to the conversation.
Ruminating Dude provides more anecdotal evidence that people aren't really anxious to "abuse" universal health care just so they can have really unpleasant medical procedures performed.
Sometimes we get a glimpse into the fact that medicine is also a business.
David Williams at Health Business Blog wonders if "Concierge Practices" are little more than good marketing that lets doctors charge special fees for regular service.
Hospital Impact sounds the alarm that consumer-directed health care (CDHC) will be a challenge for hospitals...destabilizing their management of both revenue and debt.
And GruntDoc's look at "expert" witnesses leaves us wondering whether the business part os more important than the medicine part to some!
Sometimes they just want to be a good resource for newbies.
Bonus Points for amateur (or professional) diagnosticians:
Visit Sumer's Radiology Site to make your own diagnosis via X-Ray and win a prize.
Or just visit Red State Moron to tell him how bad his injured toe looks!
And since I'm all about the laypeople, the patients, the customers (?), I close with this podcast: SoundPractice.net gives us:
What Patients Say They Want, and What They Really Want from Their Private Practice Physicians by Professor Carl E. Schneider from The University of Michigan Schools of Law and Medicine.
Instructions: Click on the link to the "Pop-up Player" in the right hand side bar. All the podcasts are listed in the Player that pops up, and this one is towards the bottom (since it's in alphabetical order.) Scroll down, click and listen to a discussion of what we say vs. what we really want vs. what we can actually handle when we're ill.
UPDATED: GruntDoc brings up a good point in the comments:
Next week's Grand Rounds will be hosted by Corpus Callosum