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Vol. LXIII, No. 15
July 22, 2011

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Fox Discusses Peer-To-Peer Health Care, Aug. 2 in Natcher

Susannah Fox
Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will speak at NIH on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon in Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1-E2. She will discuss how the Internet is transforming health communications by providing users access to information and each other.

As broadband and mobile access spreads, more people have the ability—and increasingly, the habit—of sharing what they are doing or thinking. In health care, this translates to people tracking their workout routines, posting reviews of their medical treatments and raising awareness about certain health conditions.

Although Pew Internet’s data indicate that doctors, nurses and other health professionals remain the central source of information for most Americans, online connections are an increasingly important supplement to professional medical advice. To illustrate her points, Fox will share national survey research and an analysis of Internet use among members of the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

Seminar participants will learn more about:

  • Why patients and caregivers look to the Internet for support and advice
  • What groups outpace others in tapping the wisdom of their peer network
  • How researchers and clinicians can best leverage social network sites, blogs, online communities, email groups and listservs.

The seminar is sponsored by the NIH Office of Disease Prevention, Office of Rare Diseases Research, Office of Communications & Public Liaison and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Registration is not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Paris Watson at Icon

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