Building a Research Agenda for Participatory Medicine

David C. Kibbe, Joseph C. Kvedar


Why a journal devoted to participatory medicine? For millennia, medicine has been viewed as a professional service during which the recipient sought the knowledge of the expert without question. A confluence of factors is changing that, including an overburdened health care system and inexpensive, fast consumer access to targeted information, technologies, and peer support.  And while many of us have a strong hunch that the emerging phenomenon of participatory medicine leads to improved health outcomes, this is not yet supported by a robust evidence base.  Although the past decade has invited scientific scrutiny of the role of individual behavior in health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease management, fundamental questions about the participation of individuals -- sick and well -- remain unanswered.


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