Patient Advocacy – I am a Ferguson!

Patient Advocacy - I am a Ferguson!

I spent a glorious weekend with a small group of Internet health pioneers. One of the questions raised was what do we call the people who are taking an active interest in their health? “Patients” isn’t it. Nor is “consumers” or “users”. “People” is too broad – we are indeed people, but we are also mothers or fathers or children or employees, depending on our current roles. Who are we when we have our health hat on?

No one could think of an existing word that suggested the respect due to the health-activated.

Cheryl Greene suggested a new word, “Fergusons,” in honor of Tom Ferguson, a dear friend and pioneer of the concept of self-care.

I love that idea!

Not only was he an early voice in empowering people about their health, but Tom, taking charge of his own complicated medical condition is a wonderful example for us all.

I am a Ferguson.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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