From e-patients to all patients

As a primary care provider practicing in the safety net, I work with incredibly diverse patients with chronic illness. My patients have a wide range of beliefs and preferences about how to best manage their health. I believe their varied perspectives, if more widely shared, could meaningfully improve health care.

The E-Patient Movement

Prior to a doctor’s visit, have you ever Googled information about your concerns beforehand? Commonly known as a “medical googler”, Googling health information or looking at WebMD is often assumed to be for “hypochondriacs” or “Wannabe Doctors”. However, there is actually a movement out there promoting the healthy use of the internet for healthcare information.