Saturday, June 22, 2013

Social Media’s Role in Outreach for Studies and Surveys

Social media is now playing a role in population health research.

Social media is no longer an option, it is an expectation on the part of many people.

One of the goals of the affordable care act is commendable, that of developing the Medical Home”. The concept of the "medical home" has evolved since introduction of the terminology by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1967, which was envisioned at the time as a central source for all the medical information about a child, especially those with special needs.  Prior to the era of over specialization the family physician and general practitioner served in this role.  A gradual disintegration of  their role due to  a number of factors, including the increasing shortage of primary care physicians has led to a breakdown in the established referral patterns.

Patient advocacy groups also describe a “Patient Centered System”, one in which participatory medicine plays a great role.

Dr. Victor Montori, Lead Investigator from the Knowledge and Encounter Research Unit at Mayo Clinic, explores patient compliance issues at Transform 2009, a symposium sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.


Person-Centered HealthCare- HealthCare Innovations Exchange: Short-Cut to Health Innovations News

Some physicians are aware of patient centered health care as part and parcel of ‘treating the whole patient, and not the disease. The person centered health care is nothing more than this concept.

Patients however are not that familiar with the new model for diagnosis and treatment.  They however are hungry for better patient More information needs to be offered to patients both in popular lay press, and especially social media. Social is a prime necessity for human existence, witness how isolation and social deprivation effect emotional health and interaction.

Social media offers a private, laid back approach to ideas, shared much like that at a coffee shop or around the ‘water cooler’ of life.

Person-Centered Health Care is a healthcare innovation. The Innovation Exchange provides support for not only patients and caregivers, it also provides support for physicians. With the Health Care Innovations Exchange,   AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)  has vetted and collated new and better ways of delivering health care in the hopes of speeding up the implementation of these tools. It offers busy health professionals and researchers a variety of opportunities to share, learn about, and ultimately adopt evidence-based innovations and tools suitable for a range of health care settings and populations.

Attributions:  Health Works Collective (exclusive post by) Amelia Burke-Garcia.


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