Social media might be a way to improve healthcare. The challenge is to find a metric that will either confirm or dispute this hypothesis
Social media is a potentially rich avenue for healthcare research. It also poses new ethical dilemmas. Health care research in this relatively new public space may require new ethical guidelines to achieve this potentials. Join #HealthXPh chat this Saturday January 21, 2017 9:00 PM Manila time as we discuss these ethical issues in conducting healthcare research on social media
The traditional physician-patient interaction in the clinical setting is governed by a set of attributes, behaviour or communication skills called “bedside manners”. Studies have shown that bedside manners ultimately affect delivery of care. The entry of information technology into actual patient-physician interaction clearly changes too the clinical setting. Perhaps this is an opportune moment for examining how effective a physician’s manners are in the light of information technology or maybe, we need to expand our concept of manners.
There is 1 physician per 1, 153 Filipinos according to WHO’s Global Health Observatory physician density data. In remote areas of the Philippines however, the ratio is lower at one physician per 33,000 Filipinos. WHO recommends a 1 is to 1,000 (or less) physician to population density. This is just one of the many healthcare concerns we should address if we…
Patient measures health care effectiveness by making comparisons of what physicians do against what they understand, of what they “experience”. In short, patients uses proxy measures- a reasonable default because often, the complexity of medical science baffles even the best of its practitioners.