Afraid of the blank page? Why patient journals don't work

Patient journals are a good idea, but they rarely work as intended. Why? Patients have no idea what may or may not be relevant to their doctor. And clinicians rarely have the time to read patient journals in detail.

When faced with the blank page, patients jot down the symptoms and pain levels that are top of mind, but it's easy leave out something important and not even know it. Maybe they don't mention waking up at night to go to the restroom because it's kind of embarrassing, and they think it's simply part of getting older.

But what if getting up at night is actually a medication side effect? One that could be avoided... and lead to a night uninterrupted sleep?

Specific questions to answer each day don't necessarily make journalling any easier for the patient, nor do they provide a useful, holistic picture to the care team. That's because typically the question list doesn't account for everything a patient is facing -- just a few aspects of their care. While one doctor may be looking for one thing, another may be watching for something else entirely. Not to mention that a patient's symptoms and needs are sure to evolve throughout the course of their care, and as they do, their care team will need different information.

At TapCloud, we are dedicated to patient-powered healthcare to help achieve the best quality of life for patients at each and every stage of treatment. We understand that a patients aren't experts about their care... their doctors are. But patients are experts on themselves and they're the only ones who can give their doctors details about how and what they're feeling.

Learn how TapCloud turns "journaling" into an easy and effective check-in that takes less than a minute a day and makes how and what patients feel clinically relevant.