A handful of days ago I was asked by OHSU to testify at the Oregon State Legislature. Well, that request morphed into something very different. I still said I would help them by providing written testimony in favor of a request to sell bonds to fund a Capital Construction project. I submitted my signed one-page written piece yesterday.
I was quite shocked when the OHSU representative wanted to make corrections to my signed document. Corrections? A few email exchanges later I learned that I do not follow the APA Formatting and Style Guide among other things – like my inappropriate use of dashes. I wanted to scream Are you serious?
I refused to make the changes.
I’m left quite bothered by this. I know that this person from OHSU did not want to change my content, per se. But, they wanted to change my voice. When you ask for a patients perspective that is what you are going to get. I can’t help but wonder what other patient perspectives they have corrected and to what extent?