One of the things I love best about working at WEGO Health is hearing directly from Health Activists about their motivations for going – and staying – online; essentially, how the internet and social media has changed the lives of both patients and caregivers today. Generally, we hear that people go online looking for support and information around their diagnosis, or that of a loved one, and that for the most part, they find both support and information within that online community and that the majority of experiences within the online community are positive. As a Health Activist yourself, I’m sure you know that this is a major factor in wanting to stay active and engaged within the online community.
This month’s final #HAchat will wrap up our Matchmaking theme and act as a segue into our theme for March: Health Activists and Healthcare Professionals. Let’s talk about the relationships we have with our healthcare teams, PCPs, and how that plays in to our Health Activism.
Do you discuss your blog with your doctor? Does your doctor make recommendations that you share with your community? How do you know when you need to seek second opinions and what advice do you have for starting conversations about improving your care?