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Podcast: Victor Montori – Mayo Clinic MD calls for patient revolution

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Having a conversation with Victor Montori you can almost feel your hair blow back.

If he were introduced at a medical conference you’d probably get something like this: Mayo Clinic diabetes physician, author of roughly 600 publications, world-class expert in shared decision-making and evidence-based medicine, director of Mayo’s Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit, and an advisor to The BMJ and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

But in person you get this: a working wisdom of the U.S. medical industrial complex, placed in pragmatic perspective by a frontline physician who actually studies the patient-doctor relationship (yes, patient before doctor) … all fueled by high octane passion.

It’s on full display in this podcast. Simply acknowledging that our $3 trillion health care industry is broken doesn’t cut it with Montori. He wants to fix it. Here’s how …

Montori sees his book — Why We Revolt: A Patient Revolution for Careful and Kind Care — as the starting point of a much-needed conversation.

You can buy the book — and share your story — at

We cover shared decision-making often. Of the dozens of articles we’ve written on the topic, this one by our publisher, Gary Schwitzer, is an excellent starting point.

As for evidence-based medicine, here’s a compelling video of a Victor Montori presentation at the University of Oxford in June of 2016. It explores how can we understand and apply scientific evidence in the context of Montori’s patient revolution.

The Health News Watchdog podcasts cover a wide range of topics. Just this year alone we have talked with a former US Senator about health care reform. We’ve asked whether wellness programs really work. We’ve taken dubious stem cell clinics to task. You can find these and the rest of our podcasts HERE.

If you like what you hear, leave us a comment or rating. Maybe you have an idea for a future podcast. We’d love to hear it and we’d love to hear from you!

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