5 concerns docs have with online patient communities
Surprise, surprise: They don't know if they have enough time.
Two-thirds of physicians who are familiar with patient communities say they have a positive impact on patients. Almost 40 percent of these physicians
say they already recommend patient communities to their patients, and another 40 percent would consider recommending them. These positive physician
views suggest that online patient communities may grow in acceptance by the medical community as more physicians become acquainted with them.
Most physicians who know about online patient communities say they are especially beneficial to patients with chronic illness, cancer, and rare
diseases. A majority of these physicians also see positive patient impacts for maternal and infant care, depression, wellness and prevention, and
Physician concerns on patient communities
The top physician concern with patient communities is the potential for misinformation to be shared. Also, some physicians view these sites as forums
for complaining about the medical community rather than fostering dialog about how best to use it.
Online physician-patient interactions will come, but more slowly
Physicians show the strongest support for sharing educational materials with their patients. When asked about the benefits of online interactions with
patients, physicians most often cited improved access to care, supported by more communication. Online interactions with patients are an opportunity
for "better education, increased compliance, and better outcomes."
Physician concerns about online physician-patient interactions
Physician liability issues
- Clinically, this is not a substitute for actually examining the patient
- Compensation for online activities
Lack of time
Top Patient Communities
You can read more from Lori Bruss at the
The Roberts Group here.
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