Study examines pros and cons of online health info

Online health information is driving change in the ways patients interact with their doctors, producing both positive and negative results, according to an article at the Journal of Medical Internet Research. About the changing roles, one survey respondent said, "Before we would accept what the doctor said, but in the last 10 years, we've had access to the information and now we question more." Along with more information, patients reported the need to be better prepared to discuss issues with their doctor based on what they learned online. The study's participants, all of whom had multiple chronic health conditions, reported visiting sites such as university and medical webpages, social media sites (Twitter and Facebook), chat rooms and other sites for information on research and treatment options, medication self-management strategies and resources. >> Read the full article from FierceHealthIT

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