Minerva

Internet use by patients and other stories . . .

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h811 (Published 18 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h811

Doctors use the internet every day to access health information, but the same does not apply to patients. A random sampling study of 2000 adults in Westphalia, Germany (BMC Public Health 2015;15:31, doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1423-0), which used landline telephone interviews, found that a quarter of the sample did not have an internet connection and a third of those who did never looked up health related information. People likely to have the greatest healthcare needs—migrants, those in the lowest social class, and those living alone—were the least likely to look online.

Genitourinary medicine used to be called venereology, in honour of Minerva’s sister goddess Venus. Over the years, the infections experienced by her votaries have changed radically, although they remain few in kind. One of the last to be recognised is Ureaplasma urealyticum biovar 2, which can cause non-gonococcal urethritis. Results from a …

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