Friday, May 18, 2007

Blogs, patients and doctors

" While blogs have a lot to offer family physicians and their patients now, their impact could be greater in the future, as imagination and motivation advance their use. Just 10 years ago, replacing some office visits with e-mail communication seemed inconceivable to most, but it's happening. Blogs won't replace face-to-face interactions either, but they may enhance doctor-patient communication.

For example, blogs have the capability to revolutionize group visits. A physician can give patients with diabetes an Internet address for a blog site that the physician has created. The physician can post his or her thoughts about lifestyle modifications or other relevant topics. Patients can then comment on the physician's original posting, share solutions or problems they encounter, and offer support to one another. Physicians can respond to patients' posts and introduce new subjects. I am working on launching blogs for diabetes group visits and well-child care. The diabetes blog will include posts on diet, exercise, medications and routine testing. The well-child blog will focus on growth and development, immunizations and other guidance for parents."

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  2. Brilliant idea.

    We would appreciate a banner to your health library website to assist the public who visit us.

    Well done. Wish you the best for the project in the future.

    Dr Rita Pal
    editor@nhsexposed.com
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    www.nhsexposed.com
    www.nhsexposedblog.blogspot.com

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