The Empowered Patient

This documentary explores the new role of patients and healthcare providers in a world where information is more readily available than ever before. With patients doing more of their own research and connecting with other patients on-line,  healthcare providers are often interacting with more engaged, informed and empowered patients. Are doctors and nurses ready to embrace this change? Are medical students prepared to encounter more educated patients? Is a more informed patient a "better" patient?

The Empowered Patient aired on Jun 19, 2014.

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Series: Specials

An original performance from the Unseam'd Shakespeare Company dramatizing issues raised by Marcellus Shale drilling in Western Pennsylvania. For more information and to view our other specials, visit our dedicated Managing Marcellus site.

Original airdate: Aug 02, 2011

Everyone has a story. We can all look back on our lives and break them down into "chapters." The same holds true for patients with a life limiting illness who are living out - or thinking about - their last chapter. In this one hour documentary, we take viewers inside the hospital, hospice, homes and lives of palliative and hospice care recipients and providers.

Original airdate: Jun 30, 2011

This panel discussion is focused on End of Life planning and the myriad of issues families, patients and healthcare providers face when confronted with the end of life.

Original airdate: Jun 29, 2011

Long Road Home focuses on the compelling stories of Pittsburgh area veterans coping and healing with the emotional wounds of war, after combat in Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, and World War II. The documentary also explores current treatments and research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among returning veterans.

Original airdate: May 26, 2011

Original airdate: May 19, 2011

This one-hour special explores the controversial issue of Marcellus  Shale drilling in the Pittsburgh region. Hosted by Chris Moore, the  program features guest panelists who are experts on various issues  related to Marcellus Shale drilling. Tonia Caruso will field questions  submitted through WQED's web site and Facebook page and present them to  the panel.

Original airdate: Mar 31, 2011