[Medicine 2.0: the stakes of participatory medicine]

Presse Med. 2009 Oct;38(10):1456-62. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2009.06.011. Epub 2009 Sep 9.
[Article in French]


Web 2.0: interactive, collaborative tools (wikis, social networks, blogs, virtual worlds) make Internet users active participants rather than simple consumers. Medicine 2.0: mentalities, approaches, and medical practices are changing, thanks to greater access to information, communal exchanges, and the comparison of personal experiences. Beyond the many wikis, blogs, and other collaborative tools, the site PatientsLikeMe.com stands out from the 2.0 crowd by its graphic representation of the clinical results entered by patients. Various European Web 2.0 sites exist as well. The risks reside in the reliability of information and the privacy of patient data. The challenges are to use these new resources to improve the quality of care and participate in the profound change they are bringing to the healthcare system.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • France
  • Health Education* / methods
  • Health Education* / trends
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Medical Informatics* / methods
  • Medical Informatics* / trends
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / trends
  • Patient Education as Topic* / methods
  • Patient Education as Topic* / trends
  • Patient Participation* / methods
  • Patient Participation* / trends
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Telemedicine