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When Your Patient is a Googler. Health Websites You Both Can ...

  1. 1. HEALTH WEBSITES YOU BOTH CAN TRUST KAREN VARGAS, MLIS AAPA 36 TH ANNUAL PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT CONFERENCE SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS MAY 27, 2008 When Your Patient is a Googler
  2. 2. Google Search Results
  3. 3. Online Health Seeking Trends <ul><li>80% of American Internet users have searched for health information on the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>86% of people with chronic health conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>53% of health seekers say that what they found on the internet had some kind of impact on how they take care of themselves or care for someone else and: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>led them to ask a doctor new questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>affected a decision about whether to see a doctor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pew Internet and American Life Project , “Online Health Search 2006” ( www.pewinternet.org ) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Online Health Seeking Trends <ul><li>BUT…. </li></ul><ul><li>66% of health searchers start at a search engine </li></ul><ul><li>Only 25% check the source and date of online health information “always” or “most of the time” </li></ul><ul><li>This means that 75% (85 million Americans) check the source and date “only sometimes,” “hardly ever,” or “never” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pew Internet and American Life Project , “Online Health Search 2006” ( www.pewinternet.org ) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Doctor-Googler Relationship <ul><li>A survey of U.S. physicians showed that physicians welcomed patients who brought accurate, relevant online information to their appointment, and felt that it was beneficial to their health outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Conversely, the physicians felt that when patients brought in inaccurate information, it harmed the quality of care and the physician-patient relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Journal of Medical Internet Research; 2003 5(3): e17. “The Impact of Health Information on the Internet on Health Care and the Physician-Patient Relationship: National U.S. Survey among 1,050 U.S. Physicians.” E Murray, B Lo, L Pollack, et al . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Doctor-Googler Relationship <ul><li>It was demonstrated that many physicians comply with a patient’s request to do an inappropriate clinical intervention based on inaccurate online information in order to avoid jeopardizing patient satisfaction and the physician-patient relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Journal of Medical Internet Research; 2003 5(3): e17. “The Impact of Health Information on the Internet on Health Care and the Physician-Patient Relationship: National U.S. Survey among 1,050 U.S. Physicians.” E Murray, B Lo, L Pollack, et al . </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Wouldn’t it be great if my patients could find all the best health websites in one place? </li></ul>
  8. 8. National Library of Medicine
  9. 9. Medlineplus.gov
  10. 15. <ul><li>Websites are: </li></ul><ul><li>Researched </li></ul><ul><li>Selected by a team of </li></ul><ul><li>professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Organized by topic </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewed regularly </li></ul>
  11. 38. Multiple Languages
  12. 41. http://informationrx.org/
  13. 42. KAREN VARGAS, MLIS NATIONAL NETWORK OF LIBRARIES OF MEDICINE 1-800-338-7657 [email_address] Developed by NN/LM SCR staff.  This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Thank You!

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