How exciting it is to write this second book as a sequel to "Gut Feelings: Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction and the Patient-Doctor Relationship." My co-author Johannah Ruddy and I decided that to truly understand patient-centered collaborative care, we must highlight the patient's experience in their illness journey. The positive feedback on the first book when Johannah elegantly described her transition from illness to health and her helplessness in the healthcare system to self-efficacy made it clear that more can be learned by listening to our patients. So, this book focuses on the medical stories of patients I have worked with to bring them from severe illness to a better place of recovery or adaptation.
Several key elements make our current book, Gut Feelings: The Patient's Story – Personal Accounts of the Illness Journey
• The patient becomes the center point for understanding diagnosis and management. We begin with the patient describing their experience with their illness, how they navigated through the healthcare system, the insights they learned, and their recommendations to others.
• Then, as their treating physician, I explain how that information shaped the nature of my care: how I made a diagnosis, what I used to treat and why, and how I implemented the care process to meet patient expectations.
• I also use the patient's information to offer fully referenced scientific knowledge about their medical conditions.
• Finally, Ms. Ruddy interprets the patient's story and the patient-provider relationship through her perspective as a patient advocate. She highlights what elements work and don't work using her knowledge interacting with dozens (maybe hundreds) of patients.
As with the first book, Gut Feelings: The Patient's Story, includes graphics and cartoons to illustrate the key messages further and provides video links for additional information and resources.
We include a comprehensive glossary and an appendix containing a listing of international top-tier clinical programs that treat patients with DGBIs.
I hope you will find this book informative and meaningful.
Douglas A. Drossman MD