Digital medicine is often envisioned as the magic bullet that will help healthcare systems deal with unprecedented challenges to sustainable care provision for patients with chronic conditions. However, while technologically advanced, the current trajectory of digital healthcare risks overwhelming both patients and clinicians. Building on the concept of minimally disruptive medicine, the CRESS’ Dr. Tiphaine Lenfant (Methods team) has published an opinion piece in the BMJ that outlines 5 principles for minimally disruptive digital medicine:

  1. Respect the humanistic nature of care
  2. Avoid indiscriminate imposition on all patients
  3. Aim for long-term patient engagement
  4. Account for multimorbidity
  5. Promote the human sustainability of healthcare

The opinion piece was developed in collaboration with Professor Gro Berntsen (Norway) and Professor Victor Montori (USA), and published in the BMJ on December 19th 2023. It is part of Dr Lenfant’s PhD project that focuses on blended care (combining digital and traditional face-to-face care) and is entitled “Transformations of the healthcare systems in the digital age and their impact on the doctor-patient relationship”.

By Tiphaine Lenfant – 

Five principles for the development of minimally disruptive digital medicine | The BMJ

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