Medicine 2.0 Day 2 – Magnificent!

Following up on Susannah Fox’s superb summary of Medicine 2.0 Day One, I would like to offer some overview and comments about day two. This was my first Medicine 2.0 meeting. I had heard a lot about Gunther Eysenbach, MD, MPH, and his merry band of...

“The Participation Hypothesis”

Found in the August 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association: A quote from Herbert A. Simon (1916-2001): “Significant changes in human behavior can be brought about rapidly only if the persons who are expected to change participate in...

e-Patients Discover Unrecognized Side Effects

Detecting drug complications is too important to leave to doctors or FDA administrators. We have learned the hard way that randomized controlled trials (RCTs) don’t detect all the adverse drug effects that may be important. Far too often, serious side effects...

E-Patients Report Bad Drug Reactions

When a medication causes a horrible side effect a patient usually turns to the prescribing physician for help. If the adverse reaction is listed in the prescribing information, then the doctor is more likely to recognize the problem as drug related. Too often, though,...

Drug Alerts & Interactions Online

Getting timely information about drug dangers is always challenging. It’s been our experience that drug companies and the FDA generally downplay problems until they have no choice but to admit there’s a serious complication. The diabetes drug Avandia is just one...

e-Patients Don’t Fit Stereotypes!

If doctors think about e-patients at all, they may imagine that they are Web-savvy young or middle-aged people. Assertive baby boomers waving pages of print-outs from the Internet send shivers down some doctors’ spines. That stereotype is rapidly becoming obsolete....

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