, Gosálvez D
, López A
, Cabrera A
, Jadad AR
Andalusian School of Public Health,
Health Network, Toronto University
A Collaborative Book
On Polypathology by
Community: the editing
A collaborative virtual environment
Ten topic areas
Would it be possible to co
create a book
on polypathology, from scratch, within a year, with volunteer
contributors from all over the world, using online social
media and with no financial incentives
1. Why Multiple Chronic Diseases? Why now? What is going on around the
2. The language of polypathology.
M. Ollero, M. Bernabéu and M. Rincón
3. Prevention and health promotion.
R. Smith, C. Rabadán
Cravioto and A. Wall
4. Management models.
R. Bengoa, F. Martos and R. Nuño
5. Patient education and self
P. McGowan P, K. Lorig,
6. Primary care.
M. Ollero, JM
de la Higuera, M. Bernabeu and MA Ortiz
7. Supportive care and palliative care.
A. Lee and O. Yew Jin
8. Integrative medicine.
C Tamayo, A Arreaza and C Almonte
9. Socioeconomic implications.
F. Martos and E. Herrera
10.Genomics, Robotics, Informatics/eHealth and Nanotechnologies.
The approach: Areas
to different potential
explicit any personal or organizational bias
emphasizing or focusing
on issues related
to professional activities or organizational goals
Acknowledge, whenever possible, the
work of all
individuals and organizations
without financial or political incentives
The approach: Principles
a vision of the future using a 20
Why is the topic important?
What do we know?
What do we need
What innovative strategies could fill the gap?
The approach: Chapter structure
From authorship to contributorship
the work of members of collaborative groups
Smith R. Authorship is dying: long live contributorship. BMJ. 1997;
315: 696. Available at:
From Copyright to Copyleft
to promote the exchange
of works accesible to the public without restriction
So we use
Creative Commons licenses
The approach: intellectual property
from people in
on the chapters from 55 people and 18
Chapters with most comments:
Health promotion and prevention
Patient education and self
The language of polypathology
The output: Participation
June of 2010: the
entire edited version is
available as a free
hard copy or in PDF,
for free download at
Chapters will also
continue to be
, as a
The final output
It is essential to have a clear common goal, a diverse
editorial group, and institutional support
Matching versions of the same document in multiple
languages is difficult
Firm deadlines for contributions must be set and
Technological glitches are unavoidable
Copyleft and contributorship are viable options
What did we learn during the process?
What offers this book?
Easy access to the best
available in ten
main areas related to polypathology
that could drive collaborative projects to
meet the challenges of polypathology
What does this book give us?
We have proved that we can work across traditional
boundaries, as we contribute to a common agenda
We must scale up the level of our commitment to create
and implement the mighty interventions that are required
to overcome the challenges we face together
Thank you for your attention and support
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