Medical sociology SMHMar29

Medical sociology SMHMar29 - Sociology of Medicine and...

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Sociology of Medicine and Health March 29, 2007 Lecture Class 18 – New Technology I. Doctors and new technology A. Electronic connections between doctors and other providers 1. Connect doctors directly to doctors, hospitals, drug companies, medical suppliers, health insurers, medical databases (Through on-line technology) - Information about the latest studies on medicine, new pharmaceutical drugs. 2. Doctors will obtain current medical information on-line - Doctors are usually behind in technology because they do not have time and this technology isn’t always reliable. (crashing of computers) If doctors are going to use this technology for their patients, they need a very reliable system II. Patients and the Internet A. Major source of medical information for patients (some are good but some have information that will not help you) - Characteristics to look for to determine if a site is reliable: are they a commercial site, what’s the authoritative source of the information given, is the presentation of information on the site balanced (with positives
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:210 taught by Professor Hansell during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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