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Patients' Internet use a predictor for participation in their own care

Patients' Internet use a predictor for participation in their own care | Information & Social Care | Scoop.it

Patients who use the Internet more frequently are more likely to embrace patient-centered healthcare efforts and participate in their own care, according to a study published this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

 

For the study, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Florida and the University of Maryland examined Internet use patterns of 438 people. They asked the group two questions:

 

Is there a significant relationship between Internet use frequency and the overall preferences for obtaining health information and decision-making autonomy?

 

Does the relationship between Internet use frequency and information and decision-making preferences differ with respect to seven different aspects of health conditions--diagnosis, treatment, laboratory testing, self-care, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), psychosocial aspect and healthcare providers?

 

According to the researchers, the findings will be important for care efforts moving forward. "When medical professionals attempt to gauge how much information to provide patients or try to decide how much they should involve patients in medical decision-making, they may be better off if they base their decisions on patients' Internet use frequency rather than age, per se," they said.

 


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Making dementia-friendly cities

Making dementia-friendly cities | Information & Social Care | Scoop.it
Peter Jones: As a retired architect with dementia, I welcome a Joseph Rowntree report that focuses on making York a model city...

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Im impressed with the work in York on Dementia - well done!

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Social Media Guidelines For Health Care Practitioners

Draws on the RCGP Social Media Highway Code, the IMO Position Paper on Social Media and the Nursing and Midwifery Code to the Use of Social Networking Sites.
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Social Work Apps

Social Work Apps | Information & Social Care | Scoop.it
Mobile, Web-Based, or Computer Apps that can be used by social workers and other mental health, human services, and social care professionals, or that can be used by their clients.
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Over The Hill?

Over The Hill? | Information & Social Care | Scoop.it
A national campaign to highlight the challenges faced by those growing older in the countryside, and to engage and inspire a wide audience – from older people themselves to the policy makers of the future.

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How Do We Search For Health Information?

How Do We Search For Health Information? | Information & Social Care | Scoop.it
72% of US internet users have looked online for health information in the past year.

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How Poetry Can Help People with Dementia

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How Poetry Can Help People with Dementia
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Of course, not speaking only serves to further alienate the individual living with cognitive impairment.

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Choice in a challenging world

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International innovations demonstrate how formal larger-scale housing and

support initiatives for older LGB people can grow from and nurture mutual and

community support and friendship networks.

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Big Care Home Conversation - My Home Life

Big Care Home Conversation - My Home Life | Information & Social Care | Scoop.it
An opportunity to share your views: what makes life good in care homes now, what could make them better - and how might we get there?

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Should social workers be tweeting? What should they be tweeting about?

Should social workers be tweeting? What should they be tweeting about? | Information & Social Care | Scoop.it

Social media and the web have transformed. Saying you don't know how to use social media is increasingly like saying you don't know how to use email or how to make a phone call.

 

In this context, non-participation is essentially self-imposed social exclusion. So, as a social care professional, what do you need to consider before using social media and engaging in online interactions?


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