[ http://www.obgyn.net/endo/articles/petersen_0699.htm ]
If the above website does not take you to this article, then I suggest that you type the website address onto the address line of your computer.
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At Wed, 19 Jan 2000, Helen Dynda wrote:
>Oops! I forgot to give the website address. Here it is:
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>At Wed, 19 Jan 2000, Helen Dynda wrote:
>>I happened upon this article today; and I thought that some of you might
>>be interested in reading it. It has been written by a registered nurse
>>from the St. Charles Medical Center Endometriosis Treatment Program,
>>which is located in Bend, Oregon.
>>In this article she says, "I believe there is a new kind of healthcare
>>recipient already emerging. They are refusing to be victimized, are
>>recruiting both personal and high-tech help, and /or have developed
>>communication skill sets that shift the balance between recipient and
>>provider (showing the provider the way without offense and without
>>acknowledging what they are really doing)."
>>"Patients are becoming self-need focused; asking for what they want,
>>need, feel, and think, using "I" statements. They have begun organizing
>>their medical histories without emphasis on past experiences that do not
>>pertain to the current situation, even when the experiences are
>>responsible for substantial emotional or physical injury. At times they
>>intentionally omit information that may bring bias into the discussion.
>>They are learning to seek clarity from caregivers: "What I heard you say
>>"Med-line or Internet searches of symptoms, function loss and
>>differential diagnosis from the past give patients new tools for
>>communication and often help them begin to sort out what is not true for
>>them, giving a little better organized history or picture."
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>>I have included the above quotes in random order to hopefully interest
>>you to begin to take charge of your own medical health concerns.