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Mining Patients’ Wisdom for Safer Care

Consider, for a moment, that you are a new physician. A patient, who is a lifelong smoker, comes to your clinic complaining of shortness of breath, and after conducting several tests you diagnose him with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Relying on your training, you prescribe medications, arrange for follow-up visits and describe activities that can help him better manage his breathing problem. You understand that even light activities — taking a shower, making breakfast, taking the dogs outside — can be challenging, making it difficult for him to breathe. These episodes can lead to great anxiety and possibly an ambulance ride to the hospital, with all its risks, stress…

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