In this interesting article titled “Patient Design: The Importance of Including Patients in Designing Health Care”, the authors describe the paradigm shift that has taken place with the rise of internet from the traditional view of medicine, where doctors had little idea what the patient’s problem really was and “only doctors could know what was worth knowing”, to a new era of participatory health, where patients are empowered people living their lives and managing their health according to their own priorities. To achieve medicine’s new potential, the authors add that it must be optimised around the wants and priorities of patients. “Patient design is the approach that can make it happen”.
Commentary by Pisana Ferrari
Full text of the article is available on the JMIS web page at this link