Technology in medicine is no longer new or trendy. It’s pervasive. Rheumatologists may now assume a patient has searched online for information about his or her diagnosis or potential therapies.
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Both physicians and rheumatology health professionals should acknowledge their patients’ Internet surfing and find out what they’ve read, says Betsy Roth-Wojcicki, RN, MS, CPNP, an advanced practice provider in pediatric rheumatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee.
“I often ask new patients or their parents, as part of the medical history, if they’ve gone to the Internet for information before coming to the clinic visit. By inquiring about their use of the Internet, a medical provider can clarify and accurately assess the information [the patient has] already obtained,” she says.