Health 2.0 in the Classroom and in the Clinic
Easy access to high-quality medical information is changing relationships in the classroom and in the clinic. The medical education paradigm has been described as a triangle of learner, knowledge and teacher (Skeff, et al., 2006). The patient has been the relatively passive recipient of “patient education.” But now the patient has access to a wealth of information. Medline Plus along with Google’s other “Co-Op partners” has made health condition searches “dependable and efficient” (Stoltz, Washington Post, 2006). Armed with timely and largely accurate information, the patient has become, in the words of the Institute of Medicine, a “catalyst for change.” User-generated content is gaining momentum and the patient is becoming an effective advocate for higher standards and—most importantly— transparency. “Health 2.0” has it’s own conference and agenda. This presentation will identify the major changes that are underway in the broad area of patient-generated content, will give specific examples, and will discuss their current impact in the clinic as well as implications for the medical school curriculum.
Keywords: Health 2.0, User-generated Content, Patient-generated Content, Health Condition Searches, Medline Plus, Catalyst for Change
Dr. Soma Sahai-Srivastava
Assistant Professor Clinical Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of Southern California
Clinical Instructor, Neurology, Univesity of Southern California