The changing dynamic of health studies driven by “big data” research projects will empower patients to become active participants who provide real-time information such as symptoms, side effects and clinical outcomes, according to researchers. The analysis lays out a new paradigm for health research, particularly comparative effectiveness studies that are designed to assess which therapies work best in routine clinical practice.
"When linked to the rest of the available electronic data, patient-generated health data completes the big data picture of real people’s needs, life beyond the health care system, and how changes in health and health care lead to meaningful changes in people’s lives."
Interesting idea. But still some obvious flaws. Must be some self-reporting bias among other biases…
The most powerful thing you can do is to simply write about what you know.
Resolution #15: read 4 books this year…1 book/3 months.
Update: already read 3 books at the halfway point! Kafka on the Shore, The Princess Bride, and The Cooked Seed.
One of the first and most important lessons I learned was that earlier in your career, you will receive far more than you will be able to give.
Nonetheless, they were still important because they taught me the complexity of navigating research design and protocol in other countries, the uncertainty involved with international endeavors, and the persistence that differentiates those who remain in global health and those who come to visit for a short time.
They [the patients] sacrificed, not necessarily because they believed it would make a difference in their lives, but rather because in poorer regions of the world, relationships and hospitality are valued sincerely.
Another important insight I gained only by taking chances was that you are your only limitation.
One last lesson I learned was that as a student in global health, your biggest contribution will be determined by the greatest need.
Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men - and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.
Perfection is impossible. So if that’s what you’re striving for, of course you’ll never be confident.
Striving to be perfect actually keeps us from getting much of anything done
Nervousness is normal.
Stop projecting what others are thinking.
Fake confidence doesn’t work: Anderson thinks the reason extremely confident people don’t alienate others is that they aren’t faking it. They genuinely believe they are good, and that self-belief is what comes across.
Power poses: sit up straight, nod, chip up.
Risk taking, failure, and perseverance are essential to confidence-building.
I identify with this paragraph SO MUCH it’s sad: “Which is why any discussion of this subject requires a major caveat. Yes, women suffer consequences for their lack of confidence—but when they do behave assertively, they may suffer a whole other set of consequences, ones that men don’t typically experience. Attitudes toward women are changing, and for the better, but a host of troubling research shows that they can still pay a heavier social and even professional penalty than men do for acting in a way that’s seen as aggressive. If a woman walks into her boss’s office with unsolicited opinions, speaks up first at meetings, or gives business advice above her pay grade, she risks being disliked or even—let’s be blunt—being labeled a bitch. The more a woman succeeds, the worse the vitriol seems to get. It’s not just her competence that’s called into question; it’s her very character.”
But, “For now, though, for Rebecca and for most women, coming across as too confident is not the problem." True. That was more a case of an unfortunate meeting with a jerk.
“[Confidence] is the factor that turns thoughts into judgments about what we are capable of, and that then transforms those judgments into action.”
Presentation today, presentation tomorrow. Never-ending consults. Consults consults consults. #goingcrazy on #psychiatryrotation