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ABSTRACT: Health Literacy, Cognitive Ability, and Functional Health Status among Older Adults

OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether previously noted associations between health literacy and functional health status might be explained by cognitive function. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Health Literacy and Cognition in Older Adults ("LitCog," prospective study funded by National Institute on Aging). Data presented are from interviews conducted among 784 adults, ages 55-74 years receiving care

ABSTRACT: How to identify, assess and utilise mobile medical applications in clinical practice

BACKGROUND: There are thousands of medical applications for mobile devices targeting use by healthcare professionals. However, several factors related to the structure of the existing market for medical applications create significant barriers preventing practitioners from effectively identifying mobile medical applications for individual professional use. AIMS: To define existing market factors relevant to selection

ABSTRACT: The issues surrounding social network sites and healthcare professionals

This article discusses issues surrounding online social networking, and the implications of the use of these sites by healthcare professionals. The article provides guidance to healthcare professionals, as the increased use of sites like Facebook and Twitter have the potential to bring risks to healthcare. Use of these websites can

ABSTRACT: Twitter and the health reforms in the English National Health Service

Social media (for example Facebook and YouTube) uses online and mobile technologies to allow individuals to participate in, comment on and create user-generated content. Twitter is a widely used social media platform that lets users post short publicly available text-based messages called tweets that other users can respond to. Alongside

ABSTRACT: Ethical issues in using social media for health and health care research

The dramatic growth of social media in recent years has not gone unnoticed in the health sector. Media such as Facebook and Twitter are increasingly being used to disseminate information among health professionals and patients but, more recently, are being seen as a source of data for surveillance and research,

Surgical training 2.0: How contemporary developments in information technology can augment surgical training.

BACKGROUND: The current surgical trainee is faced with reduced training time compared to predecessors as a result of changes in working practices. The past decade has seen marked developments in the information technology sector. This editorial will review how modern technological innovations could augment current surgical training. METHODS: We review the literature and

Social media: the way forward or a waste of time for physicians?

Social media is everywhere; its use has grown exponentially over recent years. The prevalence of these outlets for communication raises some interesting and potentially risky issues for physicians. On the one hand, some believe that physicians should have a strong social media presence and can benefit greatly from access to

Is Content Really King? An Objective Analysis of the Public’s Response to Medical Videos on YouTube

Medical educators and patients are turning to YouTube to teach and learn about medical conditions. These videos are from authors whose credibility cannot be verified & are not peer reviewed. As a result, studies that have analyzed the educational content of YouTube have reported dismal results. These studies have been

Educating the Patient for Health Care Communication in the Age of the World Wide Web: A Qualitative Study

PURPOSE: Communication skills teaching in medical education has yet to acknowledge the impact of the Internet on physician-patient communication. The authors present a conceptual model showing the variables influencing how and to what extent physicians and patients discuss Internet-sourced health information as part of the consultation with the purpose of educating

ABSTRACT: Use of Social Media in Urology: Data from the American Urological Association

BJECTIVE: The use of social media in medicine has greatly expanded in recent years The objective of this study was to characterize the use of social media among members of the American Urological Association (AUA) PATIENTS AND METHODS: In December 2012-January 2013, the AUA emailed a survey with 34 questions on