Intelligent editorial advocating patient involvement in clinical decisions. Extract:
Online patient communities where patients meet, talk, support, inform, and coach each other are empowering patients (although it is important to note who sponsors them).9 They also provide a rich and as yet largely untapped learning resource for health professionals. Examples include healthunlocked.com, healthtalkonline, rawarrior.com, and cancergrace.org (www.bmj.com/podcast/2013/04/29/dying-patients-hospital-e-patients-online). There are salutary lessons in the gulf between conversations in the clinic and the concerns patients share with their peers.
The full article is in bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f2614
There is a wonderful example of the value of patient driven online support networks in this link bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f19...