In a few weeks time I’ll be at the Medicine 2.0 conference in Boston. The website has a useful feature for attendees. It’s possible to create a personal timetable of the papers and presentations you want to go to, so I’ve been trying to look through and do some advance planning.
I thought I’d share one paper that has caught my eye
Physicians’ Motives for Professional Internet Use and Differences in Attitudes Toward the Internet-Informed Patient, Physician–Patient Communication, and Prescribing Behavior, by Martina Moick and Ralf Terlutter (full citation below)
Briefly they found that the reasons Doctors used the Internet affected their attitudes to patients who brought information from the Internet to their consultation (it didn’t however affect their prescribing).
They identified 4 types of internet using Doctors. The Internet Advocate, who could most easily imagine increasing use of the Internet communication with patients, followed by the Driven Self-expressionist. Efficiency-Oriented physicians were neutral whilst the The Internet Critic saw almost no reason to use the Internet for communicating with patients
The results are, perhaps, not surprising. They sound to me the sort of things you’d find when you ask anyone about why they use the Internet. More important is will these results be picked up by the people responsible for educating Doctors to ensure that, where patients want to use it, Doctors aren’t allowed to impose their personal preferences on their patients
Full reference for the paper:
Moick M, Terlutter R
Physicians’ Motives for Professional Internet Use and Differences in Attitudes Toward the Internet-Informed Patient, Physician–Patient Communication, and Prescribing Behavior
Med 2.0 2012;1(2):e2