Why Participatory Medicine?

Esther Dyson

Abstract


The job of the Journal of Participatory Medicine is to answer the question of "why participatory medicine"?  It is our hypothesis that PM is good: It will lead to healthier, more empowered individuals, lower health care costs (through reduced need for health care) and a more productive, happier society overall.  But that's just a hypothesis, and one we want to test rather than assert.  To test it, and to discover its best practices, we need both to cover news of the field and to encourage researchers and individuals to try things out and report on their efforts.  So yes, we're a cheerleader and optimist...but in the end we must be a skeptical if loving critic.

Keywords


participatory medicine, user-generated data, self-quantifiers

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Starting in September 2017, JoPM is published by JMIR Publications and papers should now be submitted at http://jopm.jmir.org/author/