All signs point that this more engaging means of health care treatment is just what the patient ordered.
More than just a paradigm shift, the advent of Participatory Medicine has come about, like many great revolutions, with people who dared to challenge the status quo.
While there have been dramatic changes in traditional roles and responsibilities, this new approach has largely helped to make health care more engaging and more robust.
Within more traditional health care structures such as New Zealand’s District Health Boards, new positions that never would have existed in the past, such as Waitemata’s Director of Patient Experience, have been created to ensure patients’ voices are heard loud and clear.
Within the same DHB revised organisation values have been articulated to reinforce changing attitudes. Including promulgating the concept that everyone matters in delivering for the patient rather than to.