In the harried climate of today’s healthcare system, with 15-20 minute visits and a focus on efficiency, it is easy for patients to feel rushed and ignored. We are often left wondering if our concerns were truly heard and taken seriously. As a medical provider who has also spent a lot of time on the patient side of the equation, I feel it is my responsibility to try to ameliorate this situation.
One small step in this direction is the creation of Health Story Collaborative’s Diagnosis Spotlight. Periodically, we will feature a medical condition and a collection of stories (in either written or audio format) from individuals living with this condition. Our goals are two-fold: to increase awareness and understanding, and to allow for individual patients to be heard.
Our intent is to celebrate human resiliency in its myriad forms, not to advocate for any particular treatment or viewpoint.