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Crowdsourced HealthHow What You Do on the Internet Will Improve Medicine$
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Elad Yom-Tov

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034500

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034500.001.0001

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What Patients Want to Know About Their Disease, and How Information from the Internet Can Help Them

What Patients Want to Know About Their Disease, and How Information from the Internet Can Help Them

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(p.93) 5 What Patients Want to Know About Their Disease, and How Information from the Internet Can Help Them
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Crowdsourced Health
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Elad Yom-Tov

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034500.003.0006

This chapter discusses the personal aspects of searching for medical information. It begins by showing how people begin to learn about cancer, either because they were diagnosed with it, or because someone close to them has. The information needs of people change rapidly during the first few days after diagnosis, as people learn about their condition. Medical practitioners need to be aware of this changing need so as to provide appropriate information to patients. The changing information need can also provide support for the Kubler-Ross model, also known as the five-stages of grief model. The chapter then goes on to show that the questions people ask can be used to predict the onset of mood disorders, heralding a new form of personalized medicine.

Keywords:   Personalized medicine, Cancer, Information need, Kubler-Ross, Mood disorders

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