The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along with my answers.
Here is this week’s question:
QUESTION: Please say more about how you do an n of 1 study.
ANSWER: What I do is to open a Word document, which I can access on my iPhone as well as my laptop. I keep copious notes on every sign, symptom, behavioral change, and state of mind. I note every possible cause and I note what seems to have resolved the problem with each episode. On rare occasions, when I have presented this new information at a medical appointment, the doctor was able to use that information to achieve a diagnosis.
Recommended reading in the book: Read Part III Valued-Action Practice
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If you would like to ask me something, you can type your question in the comment box below. An answer to your specific question may not necessarily appear in this column. The reason for that is I wait until I get a certain number of related questions, then I pick one that covers them all and I answer that one.