The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
"Smart Patients is an online community for motivated patients and their families and friends. You can learn at your own level about scientific developments related to your condition, share your questions and concerns with other members, and use what you learn in the context of your own life.
We believe patients are the most underutilized resource in healthcare. We've watched patients become experts in their conditions — and we see that their knowledge improves the care they receive. With the right tools, you and other patients can do the same."
This is an interesting and valuable tool for motivated patients, care-givers and health care providers.
"Too often in medicine, you feel like part of a machine, a cog in a massive bureaucracy. We cover each other’s shifts, we maintain a hospital’s patient flow — and at the end of many days, you feel nothing would have been different if another doctor had stepped in.
But standardized care, by definition, is not personalized care: it fails to acknowledge patients’ individuality. [In this age of the electronic medical record, there are still things] only doctors — as humans — can offer: critical thinking, clinical intuition, empathic care, exploring what’s important to patients so they can make the decisions that are right for them."
Dhruv Khullar’s moving Op-Ed piece articulates this with clarity and eloquence.
Mahogany L. Browne is a poet and author who is organizing the Women of the World Poetry Slam at New York’s Pratt Institute. She gives her Brief But Spectacular take on “Black Girl Magic” and the struggles facing African-American women in modern society. If you want the full screen, Click HERE.