e-Patients, otherwise known as internet patients, are health consumers who use the web to find information about certain medical conditions.
e-Patients are equipped, enabled, empowered, engaged, equals, emancipated and experts.
e-Patients report two outcomes of their health information searches ::
- better health information and services
- different [not always better!] relationship with their doctor
How do patients differ from e-patients?
|passive role||active [engaged] role|
|information provided to them||seek out information [on the internet]|
|top down delivery of healthcare||partner in healthcare|
|“paternalistic” medicine||“participatory” medicine|
Emerging e-patient activities ::
- 47% of adults have used the internet to get information about doctors or other health professionals
- 41% have read someone else’s commentary or experience about health or medical issues on an online news group or blog
- 38% have gotten information about hospitals
- 33% have gotten information about how to lose or control their weight
- 27% have gotten information about health insurance
- 24% have consulted rankings or reviews online of hospitals
- 12% have gotten information about how to stay healthy on an overseas trip
- 24% have consulted rankings or reviews of doctors
- 19% have signed up to receive updates about health or medical issues
- 13% have listened to a podcast about health or medical issues
- 5% have reviewed a doctor
- 4% have reviewed a hospital
* Data is extracted from the Pew Internet and Life Project Report