Experto anima a científicos y médicos a usar las redes sociales “en beneficio de sus pacientes”

1 12 2011

The director of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation of the University of Toronto in Canada, Alejandro Jadad, encourages physicians and researchers to use social networks in their daily practice and, Although it considers that they are “the source of most important knowledge that may face, regrets so far “them are not knowing leverage for the benefit of patients”.

Dr. Jadad advocates by “redefine the role of physicians and researchers” in a society where technology changes so “frightening but exciting”, says.

In addition, It has encouraged his colleagues to use some platforms like ‘ Facebook ’, where warns that “There are more than 600 groups that discuss breast cancer”. “People go there because you have symptoms, they want to share experiences, but no one gives answers”, complains.

In the same way, recognizes that “If you share the information from studies on the network, ‘ Wikipedia’ It could be the place where to find the best available information on cancer”.

Dr. Jadad was a pioneer in responding to a medical consultation via e-mail at 1991 “and at the request of the patient”. Since then, asegura “prescribe” videos, make queries by ‘ Skype ’, and “animate” their patients to use e-mail to communicate with, something that “they have never abused”, asegura.ensures

Despite all, It recognizes that these changes in the doctor-patient relationship pose an ethical dilemma for practitioners by the institutions themselves both on a personal level. “When a patient asks me friendship in ‘ Facebook ’, my hospital says it will not accept, my insurer also, but at the end I just accepting, because my mission as a physician is to relieve their suffering”, Express.

Dr. Jadad has concluded his presentation by recalling those doctors who have paid close attention to the battle against the disease, the diagnostico-cura model, but they have forgotten to learn patient. “There is to do things with patients, not for patients”, asserts. [en línea] Madrid (Spain): teTelecinco.es01 in December of 2011 [REF. 29 November of 2011] Available on Internet: