A Participatory Medicine Story

The nascent field of Participatory Medicine is currently in the “debating and defining” stage.    It has been tentatively defined by the steering group of the Journal of Participatory Medicine as: …a cooperative model of health care that encourages...

Improving Care by Emailing the Doctor

A study in the October issue of Pediatrics found that allowing patients to e mail their physicians improved their ease of access and their perception of the quality of care they received. Families who used this system also reported that they had a better understanding...

Superbugs

Today I heard a story on NPR about a new “superbug” that caused ear infections in children that were resistant to all currently recommended antibiotics used to treat this infection. This reminded me that antibiotics are being over used. This is, in part,...

What Works Best for Patients on the Web?

Joe Shapiro’s piece on patients turning to the internet was well done and interesting. Our thanks to Susannah Fox for her contribution to this article, and for her work on the survey about patients with chronic condititions who use the internet. I particularly...

Towards Universal Health Records

Recently, Microsoft Corporation announced the launch of Health Vault, a new, free service that allows anyone who needs an individual’s health information to view it online. While this is a great idea and is sorely needed to reduce health care costs and reduce...

Is Your Diagnosis Wrong?

One of the greatest benefits of the internet is its empowerment of patients by providing them with health information. We all know that doctors are human and make mistakes. Furthermore, the office practice of medicine is often as much an art as a science, so a...
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