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Letters E-patients and healthcare

Skills and characteristics of the e-health literate patient

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 16 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1656
  1. Richard Osborne, professor of public health1,
  2. Lars Kayser, associate professor2
  1. 1Health Systems Improvement Unit, WHO Collaboration Centre for Health Literacy, Centre for Population Health Research, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. richard.osborne{at}

Riggare considers what healthcare professionals could learn from e-patients.1 People and communities will inevitably embrace digital technologies, including search engines that gather both up-to-date and fallacious information. Healthcare systems and their public and private funders need to respond in an informed and structured manner. Not every current or future patient will be an e-patient, but it will soon be the norm. In …

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