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Contributing Factors

By Health:Further - The community for health and healthcare startups, entrepreneurs, investors, executives and patient advocates

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Description

Everyone has a health story. If you haven’t been a patient, someone close to you has. Each situation is different, a unique combination of factors ranging from a single genetic variation to the social, cultural and physical environment. At the same time, many of the processes and technologies used to prevent these situations - and treat them when they occur - are standardized. And in most cases, we only get to see part of the story. Even when we’re the patient, there are pieces of the process that remain unclear. We only get parts of the history of our disease; the genetic basis for our condition is confusing and often obscure; we don’t get a clear look at the people and companies working on new treatment options. With Contributing Factors, Health:Further is pulling back that curtain. We’ll be talking to clinicians, historians, economists, biomedical researchers, entrepreneurs, sociologists, investors and, most importantly, patients.

Customer Reviews

The whole story

David and Caroline have done a masterful job pulling together all of the perspectives we know matter, but don’t hear in a single, respectful forum, about some of the most serious health challenges we face. The Silver bullet isn’t found for us, but at least we gain a new perspective that helps us respect the people who live with these challenges and the people who wake up everyday trying to solve them.

A deep look into all the components of our health

Contributing Factors is designed to look at the many facets of our health. We spend so much time these days talking about healthcare - doctors, hospitals, insurance - that we don't always get the bigger picture. That's what this show is for. Each season we focus on a single health issue and then dig into it from the perspective of patients, clinicians, economists, historians, policy-makers, and many others in order to better understand what exactly is happening to our individual health and the health of society as a whole.

Good reminder to practice patience, empathy with someone struggling with depression

My partner suffers from severe depression, and I’ve had episodes of mild depression too. But even with our own personal struggles, it’s sometimes hard for us not get frustrated with each other when one of us in the throes of an episode. Like the interviewee said, why can’t we just “snap out of it”? But the interviewee put these big, amorphous feelings into words that serve as a good reminder: the overwhelming lethargy, the numbness, the hopelessness, they can come out of nowhere without explanation. Often there’s no immediate fix. Hearing all that definitely reminded both of us, my partner and I, to put ourselves into each other’s shoes. Sometimes you just have to practice patience and empathy and just be there.

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