Patients Talk...


Suddenly my farther had chest pains. The emergency has arrived, and ECG was taken. I was of course eager to learn the results immediately. “You need to study six years to understand it”, snapped the doctor. “Your GP will inform you in due time”. I was appalled. After all I had a university degree and many years working in the Health IT area. Am I really uncapable to understand the ECG readings?… Read More

Continuous medical education for patients : three basic steps to succeed While watching the avalanche of articles describing the benefits of “patients’ empowerment” boosted by personal health records, mobile applications, wearable devices, etc., I am thinking about my local GP. Like many other “Hausärzte” (home doctors) in Germany he sits in his small practice with two nurses, both assuming also the role of a receptionist. One probably could find similar practices in… Read More