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September 30, 2019

Sharing the Care—A Patient and Her Caregivers

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  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
  • 2Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
JAMA Intern Med. Published online September 30, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.4231

Yanick rolled into my office for the first time 2 years ago. She was recovering from surgery and learning how to navigate life with a wheelchair. While poring over her medical records the prior evening, I saw she also had rheumatoid arthritis, gout, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. I knew we would need to cover a lot during our 30-minute visit, so I quickly rearranged the room to make space for her chair and began to ask about her pain.

I only got a few words in before I heard a knock on the door. Yanick smiled and motioned for me to open it.

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    Please make room for innovations in caregiving
    Sara Lieber, Licensed Social Worker Il | none

    I thank the authors for writing this article!! It's high time the role of the caregiver was recognised, honored and affirmed.
    Please make room for innovators. We see gaps in care and find ways to address them.  In 2008, the Archives of Internal Medicine published an article "Hidden In Plain Sight". I read it and adopted the term "medical visit companion". I had recognised this issue several years before and developed a Medical Visit Companion service, in three forms, and have run it for 12 years. In the course of providing service, I've encountered
    many other gaps in care, profound unpreparedness, by families, for elder care, and a patchwork of uncoordinated societal care systems.
    CONFLICT OF INTEREST: None Reported
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