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Physician recourse to online reviews may be futile

...ising that physicians may attempt to seek legal solutions or try to defend online negative reviews. In direct response to online criticism, physicians are largely unable to respond to allegations due to HIPAA’s Privacy Rule. The rule protects information that may reveal the identity of a patient, even if patients themselves volunteer information about their care in their review. There are two types of legal tools physicians may employ to defend th...

Patients who utilize online health services make greater use of in-person services

...ve-year study period was not long enough to capture how patients’ usage of online health services might increase patient education and slow disease progression or decrease disease severity. Additionally, outcomes for other patient groups who might benefit most from online services, such as rurally located and elderly patients, were not explicitly evaluated. Future research is needed on several fronts: (1) to optimize access to care and costs of ca...

Direct-access online care model may effectively manage chronic atopic dermatitis

...to assess atopic dermatitis severity. The average age of the direct-access online group and in-person group was comparable at 27.4 and 28, respectively. Using IGA scores, the direct-access online group showed 38.4% (95% CI, 27.7% to 49.3%) of patients achieved near-clearance of their disease as compared to 43.65% (95% CI, 32.6%-54.6%) in the in-person group. The POEM metric demonstrated that the direct-access online group’s scores improved by mont...

Pediatric providers who completed tobacco education program more likely to educate parental smokers about...

...tion behaviors. Notwithstanding, the providers’ positive reception to this online program could represent progress towards cost-effective, web-based provider education that transcends smoking cessation. Future research could assess the application of this model to other provider-initiated lifestyle interventions for a range of providers, which could help combat other common and costly health problems such as obesity and diabetes. Click to read the...

Online modules for pediatricians on human papillomavirus communication strategies linked to increased HPV...

1. Online training for pediatricians on human papillomavirus (HPV) communication strategies is associated with an increase in rates of HPV vaccination, reducing missed opportunities for HPV vaccination Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) Study Rundown: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most prevalent infectious causes of cancer, linked to more than 33 700 new cases of cervical, oropharyngeal, anal, vulvar, vaginal, and penile cancers each...

Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy effective for body dysmorphic disorder

...rapist-guided internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (BDD-NET) versus online supportive therapy. The trial randomized 94 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of BDD to receive either BDD-NET or online supportive therapy for 12 weeks. At the end of the study period, there was a significantly higher number of patients that responded to treatment in the BDD-NET group compared to online supportive therapy. Patients who received BDD-NET demonstrate...

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Over half of Viagra in Netherland’s sewage unaccounted for by legal dispensing

...t or substandard medications. In order to quantify the prevalence of rogue online pharmacies, the concentrations of the erectile dysfunction medication, sildenafil, were measured in sewage treatment plants in the Netherlands. The amount of legally dispensed medication was extracted from the national dispensary database, and consumption during the testing period was estimated using the repetitive dispensing behaviors of patients in the sampled area...

Electronic health record-based weight maintenance coaching

...ng electronic health record (EHR) tools alone versus EHR plus personalized online health coaching for 24 months. This study examined weight change at 24-months, as well as at 30-months after the intervention ended. Participants that received coaching has less weight regain at each follow-up assessment with a mean difference of -2.86 kg at 24 months and -3.21 kg at 30 months. In addition, the coaching group participants had greater satisfaction wit...

Physician-rating sites influential in choosing primary care doctors

...y in Pediatrics Relevant Reading: Public awareness, perception, and use of online physician rating sites Study Author, Dr. David A. Hanauer, MD, MS, talks to 2 Minute Medicine: Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School. “Despite concerns about their use, physicians will eventually have to accept that rating sites are here to stay. Not only is a majority of the public aware of such sites, but a sizable pro...

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