Social Media in Clinical Practice: Chapter 5, The World of E-Patients
When I realized Springer made the individual chapters of my book, Social Media in Clinical Practice, available, I thought it would be useful for future readers to get some insights about each chapter one by one.
Here is the short summary of what you can read about and an excerpt of the fifth chapter, The World of E-Patients:
Patients are motivated to get the information they need about their diagnoses or treatments, and turning to the Internet for accessing such information is inevitable. The number of e-patients is rapidly growing , and medical professionals must be able to respond to their special questions about health and the Internet which means specific skills have to be acquired.
- The differences between Googlers and E-patients
- Basic features of e-patients
- Resources of information patients find reliable
- The Participatory Medicine Movement
- Resources and Platforms E-Patients Use
- Type of social media resources e-patients use in a particular topic
- Medical community sites designed for patients
- E-Patient Stories
- Dealing with Googlers and E-Patients
Chapters that have already been covered: