Open Access Is Not for Scientists, It’s for Patients.
We are watching a shift in care paradigms, from “doctor knows best” to “shared decision making.” Whereas it was once “doctor’s orders,” it’s now “no decision about me without me.” Business models, different types of open access, latency to openness – yes, there are many details that need to be worked out. But right now it’s time for science to catch up. As a society, we need to recognize that our understanding of disease doesn’t belong to science. It belongs to the patients (who are also usually our funders, by the way), and we should exist only to serve them.
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