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Who Are We?

Powerful Patient is a program focusing on issues of interest to people with complex medical issues or disabilities, and those seeking a diagnosis. Our goal is to empower you with information that will make your conversation with your doctors richer and more focused. Information here — or on any internet site — should never replace conversations with your own doctors, but will hopefully provide you with background and context that will make those conversations go better.

In addition to the shows indexed under our new format, there are five years of broadcasts still being moved forward. Click here for the index to the older archive (before 2012).


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Support for Brain Disorders

April 4, 2018

Robin Riddle of the Brain Support Network shares how the group assists people with neurological conditions and dementia and their caregivers.

The Cost of Falling among Older Adults

March 23, 2018

Dr. Gwen Bergen speaks with us about the cost to the health care system of falls among older adults in the United States and how to prevent falling.

Quilts and Health

March 19, 2018

We talk with Clare Luz, author of Quilts and Health, which explores the healing power of quilts and quiltmaking and the deep connections between art and health.

Developments in Renal Medullary Carcinoma

January 20, 2018

Cora Connor shares her brother’s story of renal medullary carcinoma and its association with Sickle Cell trait. It is not necessary to have Sickle Cell disease to have RMC.

Updating the Advocacy Activities of Robin and Mike

January 19, 2018

Robin and Mike have a discussion about their current activities in healthcare advocacy, and how advocacy can be beneficial to persons dealing with personal challenges in medical conditions

What would an Artificial Pancreas do for people with Diabetes?

December 15, 2017

We speak with Dr. Dan Finan of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation about the development efforts toward an artificial pancreas.

Patient-Centered Primary Care – Revising Payment Models to Improve Care

December 7, 2017

Arlene Ash discusses suggested strategies for revising how doctors are paid to improve primary care.

Celebrating Patient Solidarity Day and Welcoming Mike Lawing Back!

December 2, 2017

Today is Patient Solidarity Day! We talk about what Patient Empowerment means to each of us.

Financial Toxicity in Cancer Treatment

June 22, 2017

Is the cost of care damaging the mental and physical health of the patient? Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld talks about financial toxicity as a factor in cancer care.

World Kidney Cancer Q&A Day!

May 24, 2017

Powerful Patient joins support groups worldwide in raising awareness of kidney cancer. Take the quiz and help find answers.