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Upon what can the parts of health care come together into a coherent whole. No metaphor works well if extended very far; certainly not inorganic crystals. But let’s play with this for a moment to get some use from it. There are a lot of parts of health care swirling in the community. How can […]

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I commit to review all of these articles. In addition to expertise on the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases, we must understand and act upon the dynamics that cause the diseases. These articles and the broad overview “Hygeia’s Constellation” give insights and impetus to an community based approach to health. Syndemic Prevention Network: Other […]

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Here is the PowerPoint presentation that Nancy Stothart and I gave at the Washington Healthcare Foundation meeting in Seattle today. When you click on this link it will begin the download of a pretty large Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that plays in the browser. http://www.wwpp.org/static/gems/wwppDiscuss/PatientCenteredProcesses.ppt

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Systems and Maps, Actions and Theories

  Well I have been silent for quite a long time. I have been trying to find my way forward for months. The groups working on Pursuing Perfection in Whatcom County have accomplished much: Direct involvement of patients in the design of chronic care system and processes, Shared Care Plan, Clinical Care Specialist role, Groups […]

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A Patient Responds

Shared Care Plan. This is a very exciting program. Shared Care Plan is clearly a major step forward in improving the communication between… [:: Chemo Chronicles '04 ::] Craig Miles writes, “As a cancer patient, I deal with my cancer as a chronic illness and I found this document to be better than anything I […]

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A Poem by John Stone

A friend sent me a link to this poem. I pass it on to you. It is good and it rings true. It is by a doctor and more or less for doctors. But all may appreciate the sentiments. A few lines: “For the head will explain      but the final common pathway is the heart      whatever kingdom […]

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Dawn Gauthier reports on Shared Care Plan award

PatientPowered.org wins award! PatientPowered.org was recently recognized by receiving a silver eHealthcare Leadership Award in the category “Best Care/Disease Management Site”. This award was presented by eHealthcare Strategy and Trends at their annual “Leveraging Technology and the Internet” conference … (click here to read)

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Narrative in Medicine

My invaluable assistant, Jill Hickok, told me about an NPR presentation on the use of story telling in medicine. We are trying to do something similar in Whatcom County to heighten the awareness and understanding of the relational aspects of medicine, especially chronic conditions. We are coming to believe that among all the change and stresses […]

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Presentation to WA State Medical Society House of Delegates

Yesterday I had the privilege of talking about our Pursuing Perfection initiative with the house of delegates for the Washington State Medical Society. Below I have included to content of my 11 slides and my notes. PURSUING PERFECTION in Whatcom County, WA SLIDE 1, TITLE SLIDE: PURSUING PERFECTION WHAT'S IN A NAME? Perfection? …when things […]

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