Is Patient Empowerment a Myth?

K D kvdavis at COX.NET
Sun Oct 15 19:05:07 UTC 2017


The ancient Greek myth of Pandora's Box had Hope in the same box (urn) with the myriad curses of mankind. The ancient Greeks had a good bit more insight into human nature than we do today.
"Empowerment" is a word with no real meaning. People who participate in their own welfare, in any form, are behaving in a fashion consistent with "adult" behavior. Those who engage in magical thinking in any form are not engaging in adult behavior. I have had patient's bring reams of paper from internet searches and patients use the term "direct knowing" (http://ascensionglossary.com/index.php/Direct_Knowing) to attempt to guide my treatment of their ailment. I fully understand that "we" don't know everything. However the eradication of many of the pathogens that once were scourges is a testament to the efficacy of the scientific method in Western medicine. Those patients who grasp the basic tenets of modern western medicine are the ones who are more apt to engage in a therapeutic doctor/patient relationship. Those who are apt to use the word "empowered" don't generally fall into that camp.


> On October 15, 2017 at 7:38 AM Mark Graber <Mark.Graber at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG> wrote:
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>     Many of us are hoping engaged patients will improve diagnosis.  Will it happen ? …..
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>     Medscape members can read this here https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/886159_3 , and the article is also attached.
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>     Mark L Graber, MD FACP
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