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How credible is the Internet as a medical research tool?

Date & Time:
13:00:00 - 14:00:00,
Thursday 29 August, 2013


Patients with serious illnesses have been using the Internet to meet one another and share stories online since at least the early 1980’s. In recent years, the popularity of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, or medico-centric social networks such as PatientsLikeMe and 23andMe, have taken these opportunities to the next level. To date there have been a number of research studies resulting from social networks including clinical trials, questionnaire development, and even improved biological understanding of disease. But problems remain; issues of consent, privacy, and validation present serious obstacles to be overcome. The mainstream medical research estabishment continues to regard the Internet with caution; how can we bridge the gap?

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  • Dr Arthur Thomas,Dr Huipeng Shi
  • Name: Dr Arthur Thomas|Dr Huipeng Shi|Dr Paul Wicks
  • Affiliation: |HCN Visiting Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute|
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