Reddit is a massive Petri dish of human conversation, rife with peer-to-peer health encounters, so I was thrilled when Jane Sarasohn-Kahn alerted me to this article: “People Are Flocking to the Internet to Crowdsource Their STD Diagnosis—Yes, Really.” It focuses on a subreddit (aka online community) devoted to sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). Kudos to Parade for […]
Must-read: Adding up diagnosis errors
Laura Landro’s column in the Wall Street Journal today is a must-read: Adding Up Diagnosis Errors. Why? Let me count the ways: She is one of the most thorough, informed health care reporters around. She is covering an important topic that should be of interest to everyone. The study is behind a paywall so media coverage […]
Are patients knights, knaves, or pawns?
Sachin Jain and John Rother’s JAMA commentary, “Are Patients Knights, Knaves, or Pawns?” is an article that begs to be shared. The first time I read it I had to stand up, I was so excited — how can I design a survey to capture these questions?! was my first thought. My second thought was […]
Go online. Not too much. Mostly…?–Susannah Fox
Michael Pollan’s answer to diet angst is to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Is there an equivalent maxim for information angst? If not, does someone out there want to make one up? Because a new study published in Cancer argues that e-patients can take a common-sense approach to online health research and do […]