Isn’t it Ironic?

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The Irish Patient’s Association recently carried out a survey to assess the level of information provided to patients and visitors by hospital websites.  The result was astonishing. The survey found that out of the 49 public hospitals across the State, 31 hospitals did not even own a website!

The hospital websites were assessed according to the information provided to the public.  The survey looked for details on car parking, internet facilities, TV and/or radio, canteen, public phones, vending machines and banking facilities.  Of the 18 hospitals that did have their own website, at least half were found to provide poor information.

I don’t know about you but when I’m going somewhere new, I always check it out online first. It seems more than a little ironic to me that in an era where we have high tech medicine available in our hospitals, many hospitals don’t even own a website? Surely the HSE intends to correct this deficit?

4 Responses to Isn’t it Ironic?

  1. Baino says:

    Sorry Steph, little bit late catching up this week. It does seem amazing then not everyone is as ‘connected’ as we bloggers. I’m often surprised that people don’t research their hospital or procedure and just take everything on face value through trust in their doctor. Not this black duck. I have a questionnaire and an interview!

  2. Steph says:

    Baino

    It’s always nice to hear from you, whenever!

    I agree with you about making sure to ask questions before any medical procedure. Far too many people tow the line with the attitude that “Doctor knows best”. I wouldn’t get my car fixed without being sure I was handing it over to a reputable garage so why take risks with your health?

    It’s seems incongruous to me that so much time is spent sending out appointments etc by post when much of it could be done at the touch of a button (text/email) . I can appreciate why medical information is faxed between hospitals and docs but I’m sure administration costs and efficiency would improve if hospitals moved more with the times.

  3. JBBC says:

    Hi Steph,you have highlighted a very important point here. I would encourage patients to keep themselves informed of the latest medical information for any illness or condition, and not just rely on the information they are receiving from their medical team – “the doctor knows best” syndrome, as you point out. I have just been reading of new research which finds that when colorectal cancer patients seek out health information from the internet and news media, they are more likely to be aware of and receive the latest treatments for their disease.If you are interested in reading more on this study I have posted a link at:

    http://beyondbreastcancer.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/cancer-treatment-influenced-by-patient-knowledge-of-health-information/

  4. Steph says:

    JBBC (another name change ;-)) – Thanks for that. I’m all for patient autonomy. I’ve always made sure to take an interest in my medical treatment and never hesitate to challenge any treatment plan that doesn’t sit comfortably with me. I find that doctors generally respect you more when you show interest as long as it’s not obsessive. In fact, just today my specialist joked with me and said “I know better than to argue with you as you’re always right”. I’ll respect him as long as he respects me!

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