A recent survey from Vivacare confirms that patients value getting health information from their own doctor.
With the advent of online sources of health information, including WebMD and Google, patients have increasing searched the Internet to learn about their conditions, medications and medical procedures.
Yet in spite of this online behavior, patients still prefer to get health information from their own doctor or provider.
In a survey of patients using a mobile app provided by his/her own physician (n = 97) , 76% stated that having access to patient handouts and videos from their own doctor or medical provider was of “high” or “very high” value.
These findings are in line with previous surveys showing that medical professionals are the most trusted source of health information, while the websites of pharmaceutical firms are among the least trusted.
Patients and health consumers are unlikely to limit their search of health information to that provided by his or her physician, but patients state that they want to have a better understanding of their physician thinks prior to searching for content from additional sources. These additional sources serve as a supplement to what they’ve learned from their doctor, not a replacement.
The Vivacare service makes it easy for physicians and other medical professionals to deliver patient education via print, web and mobile app , and fulfill the need of their patients to access doctor-recommended resources.