I wrote this as a comment last year in response to a question about why Medicine X was so magical. I’m elevating it to a post thanks to encouragement from E-patient Dave and because I’d love to hear from other people about how they choose events to attend. 5 criteria I consider when I receive […]
How many people use “ask a doctor” sites?
Here’s a question I received that I thought was worth a public answer: How many people go online to seek a doctor’s opinion about something, such as on an “ask a doctor” site? Pew Research has not asked a survey question that specifically measures that activity, but we have something pretty close, based on our […]
Is there hope for SMS health alerts?
Richard Fury, MD, of Kaiser Permanente emailed me recently, asking: “Is there any hope for SMS health alerts when patients are due for preventive care? As you know, patients want this, we want to provide this, but without symptomatic incentives adoption is poor. Thoughts?” I think there is hope for SMS health alerts targeting people […]
For some people, it’s still 1994
Here’s a question which inspired me today, received via email from Christie Silbajoris, director of NC Health Info: My library is rethinking its provision of services to the public. We’ve got a history of going beyond what the average academic health sciences library provides in this area but in this age of budget cuts (and […]
Frequently Asked (But Unanswered) Questions About E-patients
As I’ve written before, I love questions. It’s an honor to be handed someone’s nascent idea and to help them shape it (which is what I think a question really is). But this time I’m asking for YOUR input. These excellent questions were sent to me by Liav Hertsman and his colleagues at Tel Aviv […]
The Pew Internet/Health FAQ
A big part of my job, and one I love, is answering questions, mostly from reporters. Sometimes I have just the data or insight someone needs, often I recommend someone else. Here is a sample of frequently-asked questions and my current answers. Please add your questions and answers in the comments: What are you curious […]