Summary: Participatory medicine flourishes where there is an unimpeded flow of information. Open and freely available access to medical research improves outcomes and empowers e-patients. Traditionally, research papers undergo peer review before publication. Two trends, open access and social media, are changing the peer review process.
I wrote this article to learn more about the peer review process. Since the article was peer-reviewed, I learned more than I expected. The article was recently published in the Journal of Participatory Medicine.