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Podcast: What Is Participatory Medicine?

It’s an unfortunate truth that many people are unsatisfied with their relationships with their doctors. They often feel that their own concerns aren’t given any credit, that doctors don’t really listen to them, and that they are helpless to do anything about it. The concept of participatory medicine, however, throws all that out the window. In this show, a doctor and a patient describe how the field of medicine can – and should – change by including the patient in everything. They discuss how technology can play a bigger part in improving the patient experience than it currently is. They also touch on dealing with patients who are misinformed and how medical records aren’t as accurate as we think they are.


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Participatory Medicine Show Highlights:

“People in the mental health space believe that the reason doctors are ignoring them is because of the mental illness, when in actuality, it’s this culture.” ~ Gabe Howard

[0:38]   The value of online communities and the stagnant medical approach to healthcare.

[2:37]   Using technology to improve the patient experience.

[6:04]   Dave kicks cancer and learns about the e-patient movement.

[8:54]   What is participatory medicine?

[11:27] How do doctors deal with patient misinformation?

[15:43] Dave discusses how wrong medical data records can be.



About Our Guests

Dave deBronkart, known as “e-Patient Dave,” is a cancer survivor and international keynote speaker on healthcare. Dave is a noted activist for healthcare transformation through participatory medicine and personal health data rights.



Dr. Danny Sands is passionate about healthcare transformation, non-visit based care, collaboration in healthcare, and participatory medicine. For over twenty years, he has worked at the intersection of health care, technology, and business.


About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join.  To work with Gabe, please visit his website,




Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and




Podcast: What Is Participatory Medicine?

Gabe Howard

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author. To learn more about Gabe, please visit his website,

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Howard, G. (2018). Podcast: What Is Participatory Medicine?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 27, 2020, from
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Last updated: 8 Jul 2018 (Originally: 12 Apr 2018)
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