Study: Patients Who E-mail Doctors Have Better Health
A new study of Kaiser Permanente patients finds that individuals who e-mail their physicians experience better outcomes in chronic disease management than people who do not e-mail their doctors. About 85% of the e-mails reviewed in the Health Affairs study were initiated by patients. Researchers suggested that e-mailing may help strengthen the physician-patient relationship.
- "Patients Who E-mail Their Doctors Can Be Healthier" (Peyton Dahlberg, Sacramento Bee, 7/7).
- "Doctor-Patient E-Mails Can Help Heal" (Deng, "Shots," NPR, 7/8).
- "Doctor-Patient E-Mails Are a Healthy Addition, Research Shows" (Gardner, HealthDay, 7/7).