The IOM report on ‘Improving Diagnosis in Medicine’ that was published last month made a big call to bring the patient into the diagnostic process. This seems to have coincided with a much greater interest in symptom checkers, with new options coming to the market.Read More
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Sleep is a truly fascinating subject for health and wellbeing. Up until the 1920’s, we thought the that brains simply switched off during sleep and rebooted when we awoke. Although we now know it’s a lot more complex than that, there are still many questions being asked when it comes to what we do in the land of nod. Understanding the way we sleep can help you greatly when it comes to having enough energy in the day and feeling rested. We’ve put together and condensed some of the most interesting facts known about sleep to help you get to grips with your own sleeping habits. There is of course, a lot more information out there, and we’re only touching on everything with these 4 facts, but have a read and start improving the quality of your sleep.Read More
We hope you’re all almost ready for your holidays this year; you’ve had your vaccinations, you know about sun safety and protecting yourself from bites and stings. But if we asked you this question could you answer it straight away - Where have you travelled to in the last 10 years? If you’re lucky enough to go on holiday abroad every summer, there’s probably quite a few destinations on that list, and knowing the risks and conditions associated with these places could greatly help diagnose you if you become ill.Read More
Topics: symptom checker
This week Sunday 14th June sees the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual “World Blood Donor Day.” This event was established in 2004, and is designed to raise awareness of the importance of donating blood to ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need. It also serves as a thank you to those who have donated and continue to donate blood. Blood donations quite literally save lives, and one pint of your blood could save up to 3 adults or children.Read More
Topics: symptom checker
There is increasing coverage and discussion in the press about the empowered consumer and all the tools that are now available for people to use to help be empowered. The symptom checker is one of the key tools that consumers should use as it helps make sense of all the data such as symptoms, abnormal test results or abnormal readings from the various monitors that are now available.
The Wall Street Journal ran a special report on healthcare this week and included two great articles that both referred to the Isabel diagnosis decision support tool:
A study entitled ‘The Ecology of Medical Care Revisited’ from the NEJM of June 2001 graphically shows how important it is to try and guide and influence the patient from a very early stage in order to ensure appropriate flows into primary and secondary care. Encouraging patients to use a symptom checker could be one way to help them at that crucial stage when they are considering seeking care.
Perhaps a controversial headline but a study recently appeared in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) ‘Physicians' diagnostic accuracy, confidence and resource requests which revealed some rather shocking figures about the levels of physicians’ diagnostic accuracy, confidence and the contribution to diagnostic accuracy made by lab tests and imaging.
Yesterday the Daily Mail ran an article entitled “How to avoid misdiagnosis: The online ‘doctor’ even GPs swear by”