The practice of participatory medicine is beautifully exemplified in this talk. We’d love to see all patient-doctor relationships posses a similar level of openness and depth of communication.

“Participatory health for all of us!” is the crux of this thought-provoking talk by Professor Bas Bloem. He includes his patient to illustrate how the distance between patient and doctor is bridged, and in this instance, abandoned when the patient petitions: “I want good and reliable information! I want to have part in making the decisions to start treatment or not! And, where can I find other patients like me? And what can I do to make things better?” Bloem then describes how the doctor may become a guide in the life of his patients…

Professor Bas Bloem ( @basbloem ) is a consultant neurologist at the Department of Neurology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, the Netherlands. He received his M.D. degree (with honour) at Leiden University Medical Centre in 1993. In 1994, he obtained his PhD degree in Leiden, based on a thesis entitled “Postural reflexes in Parkinson’s disease”. He was trained as a neurologist between 1994 and 2000, also at Leiden University Medical Centre. In 2002, he founded and became Medical Director of the Parkinson Centre Nijmegen (ParC), which was recognised from 2005 onwards as centre of excellence for Parkinson’s disease. Together with Dr. Marten Munneke, he also developed ParkinsonNet, an innovative healthcare concept that now consists of 64 professional networks for Parkinson patients covering all of the Netherlands (


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