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Given the weight of privacy issues, using social media in a physician-patient relationship is a dangerous trap, best to be avoided,” one survey respondent wrote. Another urged: “Don’t be afraid, folks, let’s find out what it can do for us!” From a Canadian Medical Association Survey exploring physicians’ views about using social media to find and communicate health-related information. The survey, asking fewer than a dozen questions, was sent to 3,258 e-Panel members. Close to 19% of them – 628 physicians – responded.


Today we provide popularity statistics for 14 Canadian healthcare information websites. The numbers are dismal. Including our own. Next week we will report websites for selected hospitals. This will provide you with some surprises but they too are depressing. Why is this important? Because these are powerful communication tools for both professional and consumer audiences. We don’t do enough to make them excellent reflections of the research and care we provide. And we don’t really use them to provide care support either. And if we are competing for world attention, we don’t compare well (statistically) with other healthcare websites and institutions in the developed world. More on this next week. Here are the popularity ratings for selected Canadian journals and institutes. This is not KT at its best. It’s our infamy.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 10:37 am and is filed under Longwoods Online.