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Direct communication between the pharmaceutical industry and patients is increasingly common. An important milestone in direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) was the 1995 FDA hearings, at which pharmaceutical companies requested that the FDA clarify the conditions under which broadcast advertisements need not include a brief summary of benefits and risks from the approved product label. The FDA subsequently stated that these advertisements could instead send consumers to a website, toll-free telephone number, print advertisements, or health professionals for this information. Overall pharmaceutical spending on DTCA then shifted from predominantly print to broadcast advertisements and rose from $1.3 billion in 1998 to $4.9 billion in 2007.
While the pharmaceutical industry has consistently argued that DTCA empowers patients by providing information on potentially undiagnosed health conditions and enabling them to initiate conversations with their physicians about treatments, physicians and physician groups have expressed concerns that DTCA would lead patients to request, and doctors to fulfill, inappropriate prescriptions. Limited evidence on the effect of DTCA on prescribing practices, including a single randomized controlled trial of DTCA for antidepressants suggests that DTCA increases prescribing of advertised medications in general, both for appropriate and inappropriate indications.
Doctors and other healthcare professionals must prepare for the rise of ‘ePatients’ in the coming years and keep apace with the evolving digital landscape.
This is according to the 2012 version of ‘Learning to manage Health Information’, a clinical education guide that has been running since 1999.
Its aim is to understand the digital world and healthcare professionals’ working requirements within it.
This year’s focus is on the rise of the ePatients, who come to surgeries armed with information found on the internet about their condition - and are often more digitally aware than their doctor.
The guide says that in the near future, clinicians will be dealing more and more with the ePatient, adding that: “today, such patients need not be mere recipients of care and can become key decision-makers in their treatment process.”
Having close relationships with friends and family as a child makes people happier in later life, a new study has found.
I bet we would all say that we know this. Then should we spend more time just BEING with our families rather than all the DOING with the lessons and the sport and the such and such? We all seem to believe that having our kids attend Oxford isi going to lead to happiness. When did this attitude become so strong?
'Researchers should stop designing inquiries around outcomes that don’t matter to patients. We reviewed some studies that seemed better suited for mice but were nonetheless conducted in humans.
Overall, though, it appears that patient perspectives and values are increasingly part of research design. The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is funding exciting new studies. In a recent article, PCORI explains “Why Methods Matter.”
The healthcare delivery systems of today differ markedly from those of the past, and the way care is delivered can have a profound impact on outcomes. These factors combine to make it difficult, but critical, for patients and their care providers to understand and use the research information most relevant to the health decisions they make.
Providers and patients are making progress in defining and trying out new ways of communicating about clinical decisions. Achieving the best outcomes via this newer, more participatory practice of medicine requires attention not only to the evidence provided by high quality studies but also clinical judgment and respect for the bottom line: patient values.'
Engineers have to realize that the current decision makers (senior surgeons) on the clinical side of R&D were trained to do things a certain way, that they do very well and have been shown to have very good outcomes. Senior surgeons often want to know that new technologies can operate in the same workflow they are comfortable with and that there is always a failure mode that allows them to use their existing well-honed skill-set to fix any problems. Residents and junior surgeons will often be more comfortable with newer technologies, but they often won’t adopt them without support from the senior partners in a group or senior faculty in an academic medical practice. It follows that engineers will have to design and convince two sets of end users: the senior and junior surgeons, both groups of whom are concerned with how new technologies will fail them, but with two different mindsets.
In the other direction, surgeons should realize that when they go looking for an academic engineer to solve a problem, that engineers don’t think in terms of differentials and that they are not going to automatically accept that the surgeons’ way of doing things is optimal. Often, the best way to pose a problem to an engineer is to follow this rough guide:
Traditionally, a physician’s reputation was best established and passed along by word of mouth. Discussions among friends or at church, sporting events or civic groups often provided the information necessary for potential patients to choose a healthcare provider. Today, most patients and consumers of healthcare get information about medical conditions and physicians online.
Some studies have shown that nearly 80% of today’s consumers go online first when evaluating a medical provider. Information (whether accurate or not) is consumed and perpetuated at a light-speed pace and it is often difficult to keep up with your own digital presence. Physicians must actively manage their online reputations or suffer the consequences of an unfair and unfounded digital reputation. In my world, online reputation is critical. Cyberspace is where my patients and customers are, where they go first and where I need to be.
The sick will always be among us. If you want a permanent job.....healthcare which remains sickcare under Obamacare. Given there is not shift to wellness on the horizon, American should retrain workers for tasks needed in healthcare.
At its most fundamental level, diabetes is a disease characterized by stress -- microscopic stress that causes inflammation and the loss of insulin production in the pancreas, and system-wide stress due to the loss of that blood-sugar-regulating...
Read five healthcare innovations that the elder set will really enjoy in their sunset years from places such as the Carnegie Mellon Quality of Life Technology Center.
As we are developing more and more technology to help people manage their chronic diseases, get well and stay well, its still interesting that the population is not getting well. What factor are innovators and healthcare providers missing?
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