HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Web knowledge empowers patients, researcher says

The Internet is having a profound effect on physician-patient relationships by giving patients greater control of their own health care decisions, says a University of Toronto researcher.

"An estimated 70 million people in the U.S. and millions in Canada have used the Internet to obtain health-related information," says Dr. Gunther Eysenbach, a professor in health policy, management and evaluation at U of T and a senior scientist in the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network. "The traditional system where the physician knows everything and the patient knows very little is not the system of the future." Eysenbach and co-authors James Anderson and Michelle Rainey from Purdue University report their findings in a paper entitled The Impact of CyberHealthcare on the Physician-Patient Relationship, published in the February issue of the Journal of Medical Systems.

Physicians have mixed feelings about the use of the Internet for patient education, says Eysenbach. Some say that patients may take up doctors' valuable time by asking questions not applicable to their case or by making unreasonable demands. Others may feel their authority is threatened by the information patients bring or that gaps may be revealed in their own knowledge about new research results.

Eysenbach calls such arguments short-sighted. While some patients may take more time with unnecessary questions, others who are better informed may actually save time because they arrive with background information and appropriate questions. As well, patients who keep up to date on information from the Internet can function as a catalyst for bringing the latest research information into practice.

With the proliferation of health information on the Web, however, the challenge is educating patients to help them differentiate unbiased data from commercially tainted or otherwise flawed information.


'"/>

Contact: Janet Wong
jf.wong@utoronto.ca
416-978-5949
University of Toronto
18-Feb-2003


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Satellite survey enhances knowledge of Tuscan landslides
2. NIA establishes new demography centers to enhance knowledge about older americans
3. Patients and doctors lack knowledge about adrenaline injections
4. UCSD-TCAG collaboration to focus on transformation of genome-based knowledge into health benefits
5. Lesson improves rural students knowledge of farm safety
6. NIDA grants will improve knowledge about inhalant abuse
7. Public strong on opinions weaker on knowledge
8. Study adds to knowledge of what it takes to stand up, walk
9. One-off lesson improves teenagers knowledge of emergency contraception
10. Widespread knowledge of CPR, defibrillation vital for saving lives
11. Study: Ripped aortas kill often, but new knowledge may aid survival

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Web knowledge empowers patients researcher says

(Date:9/4/2015)... ... September 04, 2015 , ... San Francisco cosmetic ... CitiDent. CEREC is a newer method for creating restorations through innovative imaging equipment ... eliminating the need for multiple appointments, CEREC produces restorations with total precision for ...
(Date:9/4/2015)... ... ... are looking for a quick and convenient way to produce a hot remedy for colds. ... a quick and simple way to brew a hot cup of cold remedy when desired. ... they enhance comfort and health. The invention features a novel design that is lightweight, compact ...
(Date:9/4/2015)... , ... September 04, 2015 , ... ... the microbiome taking place in Hollywood, Florida October 9-10, 2015 at the Diplomat ... at the 2015 symposium are doctors and researchers at the top of their ...
(Date:9/4/2015)... ... September 04, 2015 , ... Lalonde Gordon ran a 44.64 seconds scorcher ... victory in the men’s 400 meters final, with an impressive 44.89 seconds at the ... San Jose, Costa Rica in August 2015. The 44.64 time is a new NACAC ...
(Date:9/4/2015)... ... ... Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, has written an open letter to ... to the United States. , Yisrayl lays out what he says is the true meaning ... Yisrayl also provides the meaning of his own name and describes what bible prophecy says ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:San Francisco Dentist, Dr. Ben Amini, is Now Offering CEREC Technology at CitiDent 2Health News:Redesigned Packaging for Powdered Medicinal Mix Invented by InventHelp® Client (CBA-2637) 2Health News:Integrative Healthcare Symposium Focus On: The Microbiome Conference Program Announced 2Health News:Lalonde Gordon’s Recipe Brings Home the Gold 2Health News:Lalonde Gordon’s Recipe Brings Home the Gold 3Health News:Yisrayl Hawkins Writes Open Letter to Pope Francis In Light of Approaching U.S. Visit 2
(Date:9/4/2015)... , September 4, 2015 ... Research Report is a professional and in-depth study ... Gown industry with a focus on the Chinese ... working days once an order is placed. ... across 150 pages, analyzing and profiling 8 major ...
(Date:9/4/2015)... , Sept. 4, 2015  Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (CPIX), today ... present live at VirtualInvestorConferences.com on September 10, 2015. ... ET LINK: http://tinyurl.com/sep10pre ... investors are invited to ask the company questions in ... as the association,s "virtual trade booth." If attendees are ...
(Date:9/4/2015)... Sept. 4, 2015  IGI Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ... specialty generic pharmaceutical company, today announced it has submitted ... U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of 2015, which ... pending at the FDA to twenty-nine. ... commented, "We believe our current pipeline of twenty-nine submissions, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Surgical Gown Market 2020 Forecasts With a Focus on China 2Surgical Gown Market 2020 Forecasts With a Focus on China 3Surgical Gown Market 2020 Forecasts With a Focus on China 4Cumberland Pharmaceuticals to Webcast, Live, at VirtualInvestorConferences.com September 10 2IGI Laboratories, Inc. Announces Seventh ANDA Submission Of 2015 2
Cached News: