Sophisticated Digital Aids Could Help Determine What Ails You - Scientific American

Bob Swerlick rswerli at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 21 13:16:49 UTC 2017


I am currently listening to Dr. John McWhorter's lecture series on the
history of the English language. Dr. McWhorter makes a distinction between
written English and spoken English, which I believe is very relevant to
Peggy's comments.

Medicine, for a host of reasons, has favored the use of spoken English for
communication, between physicians and between health care providers and
patients. We do provide generic literature regarding medications or
diseases, but generally have not used personalized written communication.
Such communication has been the exception, not the rule. I believe this is
a problem relevant to the diagnostic error realm.

What Peggy is suggesting makes perfect sense but it only really makes sense
if generated as a written document as opposed to only spoken  communication
(in my opinion). Spoken communication is great to generate trust but
retention of actual information is not consistent (likely consistently
poor).

Bob Swerlick



On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 3:40 PM, Peggy Zuckerman <peggyzuckerman at gmail.com>
wrote:

> As a patient reading this comments by Dr. Fryhofer, who worries that we
> patients might figure out what is wrong with us, and either not go to the
> doctor or 'fret" about something unnecessarily, I am insulted.
>
> We patients hear mixed messages about taking control of our health and
> trying to define a problem and seek information about it is essential to
> the control.  The reluctance by some doctors to encourage this information
> seeking role implies that the patient is supposed to show up at the
> doctor's office and say, "Guess what is wrong with me, doctor".
>
> Patients should not only seek to describe their symptoms and how to
> explain them in an effective way to the doctor, but should also request
> that the working diagnosis and the rationale for it be explained to them in
> written form.  Perhaps more important that the naming of the diagnosis
> would be the explanation of what led to the diagnosis, requiring a
> thoughtful review and maybe even a greater collaboration with the patient.
>
> Peggy Zuckerman
>
>
> Peggy Zuckerman
> www.peggyRCC.com
>
> On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 8:49 AM, mgraber <graber.mark at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Thanks to Divvy Upadhyay for spotting this article that just came out in
>> Scientific American – on decision support for diagnosis.
>>
>>
>>
>> https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sophisticated-
>> digital-aids-could-help-determine-what-ails-you/
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Mark L Graber, MD FACP
>>
>> President, SIDM
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>> Senior Fellow, RTI International
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>> Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University, NY
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