Laurie Edwards leads off with a hit Talking Health Reform with President Clinton. Edwards is a veteran patient-blogger determined to see patients' perspectives included in healthcare reform in a meaningful way.
Next up, Novel Patient shares how weighing the risks and benefits of potentially dangerous medication is a high-stakes wager for many patients in The Rituxan Gamble. It's early in the game, and we're reminded that, for many people, access to cutting-edge treatment is a hard-fought opportunity to bat, not the assurance of a run.
Batting 3rd is Amy Tenderich from DiabetesMine, the switch-hitter patient-entrepreneur, sharing submissions from this year's $10,000 DiabetesMine Design Challenge in Even More Bright Diabetes Ideas: A Little Help from Your Friends. Tenderich widens the players' circle, noting that her innovators frequently utilized patients' family and friends, valuable resources that have remained largely untapped in chronic disease management.
Next at bat:
Barbara Kivowitz takes a swing at discriminatory laws in Kept From a Dying Partner's bedside. What gets family into the game anyway?
7th Inning Stretch:
Players' interests have been represented for a long time, and Disruptive Women in Healthcare introduces the May Man of the Month -- Charlie Inlander, who shares his lifelong experience as a patient advocate.Anticholinergic medicines and memory loss.
Honorary team physician Daryl A. Rosenbaum MD wants players (and their parents!) to understand the limitations--and possible hazards--of mass production sports physicals in 10 Reasons Why Sports Physicals Need an Appointment.
Reality Rounds analyzes a case involving incarceration of an HIV+ pregnant patient in Get Ye to the Stockade, Ye Pregnant, HIV+ Wench! Knowledge of infectious disease, public policy, law, and a big dose of advocacy. If it's not an agent, it must be a nurse!
Catcher turned coach Amy Romano, MSN, CNM shares what happens when consumers and providers pursue evidence-based answers in "Flip Flop: How we (or at least Canada) went to routine cesarean for breech and back again in the era of evidence-based medicine."
Captain Atopic, a seasoned professional in the midst of changing roles in healthcare, reflects on his evolving perspective in Not My First Surgery. Flo & Bo appreciate the Captain's nod to how others see the game. Baseball culture, healthcare culture, it's all about culture.
Back in the US, Evan Falchuk, writing for Team See First, advocates for accurate diagnosis of what ails health care as a necessary step for effecting meaningful reform in Some of My Best Friends are Doctors.
A Mom and Apple Pie Issue?
Dr. Linda Brodsky calls for stories related to gender inequality in health care for a multi-author book project in Hear Ye, Hear Ye!. Brodsky, another seasoned vet, puts questions of gender inequality and its impact on the quality of health care in the US in play.
Finally, The Cockroach Catcher's Dr Am Ang Zhang writes up Winter’s Tale: Blood, Entrails & Hansard and finds the collapsing of parliamentary record in a Shakespearean comedy to be a strong metaphor in the United Kingdom. (Bo sees the Curse of the Bambino being somewhat analogous on this side of the pond, although perhaps not a tale that portends health care woes in quite the same way.)