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Feb

Patients who Use Internet get Latest Treatments

posted by dls at 3:51 pm

Even though it drives docs crazy to have a patient come in armed with a bunch of stuff from the internet, it may be that when the patient and doc can work on this together, patients get better care.

A new analysis finds that when colorectal cancer patients seek out health information from the internet and news media, they are more likely to be aware of and receive the latest treatments for their disease. The study indicates that patients can influence their own treatment, in some cases in inappropriate ways.

I’m not so sure that this is all bad news. As long as patients take initiative, without trying to override the clinical judgment and experience of their clinicians, this might be a good thing.

Science Times article here.