The Center for Studying Health System Change has released another information-packed report, How Engaged Are Consumers in Their Health and Health Care, and Why Does It Matter. The researchers created a “Patient Activation Measure” and apparently 41% of adults are what we might call e-patients (empowered, equipped, etc.).
Sheryl Stein, known to many as “wrekehavoc,” dispenses her wisdom and humor on a 6,000-member online community of parents (using good old listserve technology) and on her blog. In this third edition of our e-patient interviews, Sheryl talks about the power of community and how “reaching out via the internet is now an ingrained habit […]
Press coverage of the Pew Internet Project’s recent report, “Information Searches That Solve Problems,” focused on how “libraries still matter” especially among young people. One aspect that I think merits further attention is how people interact with various information sources when they are dealing with a serious illness or health concern.
Since it is the season for “Auld Lang Syne” and reconnecting with old acquaintances is an internet pastime, I wanted to link to a wonderful article by Wayne Cooke, a stage IV colon cancer survivor and true e-patient. I haven’t seen him in many years, but because of online storytelling, I am up to date […]
I had the pleasure of being a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation yesterday, along with Dr. Scott Haig and Dr. Ted Eytan, to talk about “Do-It-Yourself Diagnosis on the Web.” (For a substantive summary of the show, check out Josh Seidman’s recap.) The producers were smart to kick things off with Dr. Haig’s […]
Does anyone else remember those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials from the 1980s? “Your peanut butter is in my chocolate!” “Your chocolate is in my peanut butter!” I knew I was getting older when I referred to a partnership as a “two great tastes that taste great together” event and my younger colleague had no […]