Journal of Participatory Medicine is launching!

From e-Patient Dave (ps. I love the part about not spending to put this on Businesswire)

Here’s the announcement of the Journal of Participatory Medicine, which will be formally launched Thursday at the Connected Health conference in Boston, as described herein.

We’re not spending to put this on BusinessWIre etc – all we care about reaching are people who’ll understand the significance. And that includes you.

Similarly, the length is not standard press release, nor is the content; we wrote for those interested parties, knowing they’ll read as much as they want. We took the time we needed to spell out what we feel is the significance of this event.

Thank you so much for your long-standing support of this cause.

Feel free to share.

For immediate release

October 21, 2009

Improving health care:
Journal of Participatory Medicine will document methods that work
for patient/provider collaboration

Launch at Connected Health Symposium
features essays by visionaries in
health care, Internet, high tech, business, and sociology

Patient engagement and patient empowerment are popular topics, with hundreds of thousands of Google hits, but there’s precious little information on how to do them well. A new academic journal being launched this week, the Journal of Participatory Medicine, aims to change that.

Created by experienced pioneers of the “e-patient” movement, the Journal will be introduced this week at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston, hosted by the Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health. The Journal is an official publication of the Society for Participatory Medicine, founded in 2009 by the patients and physicians who have worked together for several years at

“Because health professionals can’t do it alone”

Participatory Medicine is a new approach that encourages and expects active patient involvement in all aspects of care. It builds on the work documented at the blog, whose slogan is “Because health professionals can’t do it alone.” The group’s landmark 2007 paper “E-Patients: How They Can Help Us Heal Healthcare” tells many stories of engaged, empowered e-patients who substantially improved their own outcome and the outcomes of others by supplementing or even going beyond what their physicians alone could do.

That paper and subsequent blog posts have further documented the stresses and information overload faced by physicians today, and flaws in today’s care delivery system and personal health data, including many anecdotes of patients who made a pivotal difference through active engagement. Now, the Journal of Participatory Medicine will move the field from anecdote to science, with articles on principles, methods and evidence-based outcomes.

Authoritative and accessible; peer-reviewed by patients and health care professionals

The Journal will be written and peer-reviewed by and for all stakeholders: patients, healthcare providers, caregivers, researchers, payers and policymakers. Physicians who have practiced in the participatory model report greater satisfaction when they work with patients who are actively engaged. Similarly, participatory patients say they feel empowered, heard, and more in control.

Free continuous updates online

The Journal will publish continuously and will be freely accessible to the public at Following the inaugural issue in early 2010, articles will be published as they are reviewed, accepted, and edited; there may also be single topic special issues. Email alerts will inform subscribers when new material has been posted. Anyone can sign up to receive these alerts at

Available online now is a collection of invited essays that serve as the “launch pad” from which the journal will grow. In their opening editorial “Why the Journal?” the editors write, “We consider this introductory issue an invitation for you to join us as we create a robust journal that will serve a growing community of concerned individuals and professionals.”

Mission: To transform the culture of medicine

The Journal’s mission is to transform the culture of medicine by providing an evidence base for participatory health and medicine. It aims to advance both science and practice, focusing on six content areas: research articles, editorials, narratives, case reports, reviews, and updates on related research in other media. It will explore how participation affects outcomes, resources, and relationships in healthcare; which interventions increase participation; and the types of evidence that provide the most reliable answers.

Importance of a broad-based peer review process

The Journal uses a new, broad-based peer review process to significantly improve on traditional academic journals. While still managed by experienced journal editors, JoPM’s peer review process will be open to a far broader set of minds for scrutiny of methods and analysis. Improved accuracy and effectiveness are vital as the population ages and healthcare costs continue to rise.

In the first issue of JoPM, Richard Smith MD, editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal for 25 years, writes that “most of what appears in peer reviewed journals is scientifically weak.” This echoes the words of Marcia Angell MD in The New York Review of Books, who wrote in January “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” Considering the pivotal role that journals play in policy and treatment decisions, JoPM’s broad-based process aims to improve the reliability of the process and the resulting research.

Bringing thought leadership from many disciplines to healthcare

Because of the complexity and size of the healthcare challenge, the Journal of Participatory Medicine invites participation from all disciplines that can help.

Leadership of the Journal and the Society is shared between physicians and laypeople.

· Co-Editors are Jessie Gruman, PhD, Founder and President of the Center for Advancing Health, and author of AfterSchock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You—or Someone You Love—a Devastating Diagnosis; and Charles W. Smith, MD, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Founder of eDocAmerica.

· Deputy Editor is Alan Greene, MD, Founding President of the Society, Co-founder of, Clinical Professor at Stanford University and Chief of Future Health at A.D.A.M., Inc.

· Managing Editor is Sarah Greene, publishing and new media entrepreneur with three startups in science, health, and medicine acquired by Wiley, Elsevier, and Thomson Healthcare.

· Founding Co-Chairs of the Society are Daniel Z. Sands MD, MPH of Cisco Systems and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and his patient “e‑Patient Dave” deBronkart, of and TimeTrade Appointment Systems.

Some of the articles featured in the first issue:

· Investor and futurist Esther Dyson on “Why in the world ‘participatory medicine’?”

· Longtime JAMA editor George Lundberg MD and former AARP board chair Joanne Disch PhD, RN: “Why healthcare professionals should be interested in PM”

· Kate Lorig RN, Dr.P.H., Director of Stanford School of Medicine’s Patient Education Research Center: “Why people should be interested in PM,”

· David Lansky, CEO of Pacific Business Group on Health and former Senior Director at the Markle Foundation, on “Why payers should be interested in PM”

· Kurt Stange MD, PhD, Case Western Reserve University and editor of the Annals of Family Medicine, and Gilles Frydman, founder of the network of cancer communities, on “Building an interdisciplinary field of inquiry and practice”

· Richard Smith MD, former editor of BMJ, and Musa Mayer, famed breast cancer activist, on “The Value and Questions of Peer Review”

· and many more articles

Launch is the closing event at Connected Health Symposium

The official launch of the journal will occur on Thursday, October 22 at 3:30 PM as part of a panel discussion about the “Changing Role of the Patient in Health Care and the Changing Rules of the Game for a New Publication.”

Moderated by Co-editor Jessie Gruman, the panel will include Gilles Frydman, Founder and President of ACOR (Association of Cancer Online Resources) and Editorial Board Member; Dan Hoch, MD, PhD, Dept. of Neurology, Mass. General Hospital, Co-founder of Braintalk, and Editorial Board Member; Deputy Editor Alan Greene, MD, and Co-editor Charles W. Smith, MD.

The Society chose to launch its journal at the Connected Health Symposium because of the long and sustained commitment Partners HealthCare and the Center for Connected Health have had to exploring innovative and effective ways to deliver quality healthcare outside of traditional medical settings. According to Gilles Frydman “Many of the editorial advisers and board advisers for the journal have been working with the Center for Connected Health for years. We are delighted to be partnering with them for this launch.”

About the Society for Participatory Medicine

The Society for Participatory Medicine was founded in 2009 to learn about and promote PM through writing, speaking, social networking, and other channels. It builds on the work of Tom Ferguson, MD, who envisioned the e-patient movement within months of the birth of the Web browser.

Society membership is open to anyone who shares the belief that PM should be the operative model for healthcare, that all involved parties share in a collective decision-making process, and that the patient is central to that process. Through PM we can teach patients to take responsibility for their own health and providers to effectively invite patients into this.

About the Center for Connected Health and the Connected Health Symposium

The Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare in Boston, develops innovative and effective solutions for delivering quality patient care outside of the traditional medical setting. The Center engages in pioneering research in a wide range of connected health-related areas and works to advance the field through its convening and publishing activities. The term “connected health” reflects the range of opportunities for technology-enabled care programs and the potential for new strategies in healthcare delivery. The Connected Health Symposium asks how information technology – cell phones, computers, the Internet and other tools – can help people manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and age with independence.

Journal of Participatory Medicine: or

Follow the journal on Twitter: @jourPM and #WhyPM

Society for Participatory Medicine: or

Connected Health Symposium:

Press contacts:

For the Journal of Participatory Medicine: Gilles Frydman, 212-300-5900

For the Society for Participatory Medicine: Cheryl Greene, 925-964-1793 Office;

925-639-5517 Cell; [email protected]

Or email [email protected]


Ted Eytan, MD