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News stories represent an important source of information. We aimed to evaluate the impact of “spin” (i.e., misrepresentation of study results) in health news stories reporting studies of pharmacologic treatments on patients’/caregivers’ interpretation of treatment benefit.
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Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) occur in nearly all patients on chemotherapy, causing morbidity and therapy disruptions. Detection of such ADRs is limited in clinical trials, which are underpowered to detect rare events.
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Access to comparative information on hospitals’ quality of cancer care is limited. Patients’ interest in using this information when selecting a hospital for cancer surgery and the specific data they would desire are unknown. This study gauges patients’ demand for comparative information on hospitals’ quality of cancer surgery.Access to comparative information on hospitals’ quality of cancer care is limited. Patients’ interest in using this information when selecting a hospital for cancer surgery and the specific data they would desire are unknown. This study gauges patients’ demand for comparative information on hospitals’ quality of cancer surgery.
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Current genetics literacy, perspectives, and experiences of cancer, chronic, and rare disease patients and caregivers Kathleen D. Hoffman, PhD, MSPH,
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Early recognition of ADRs could substantially improve health outcomes and decrease societal costs. Internet community health forums provide a mechanism for several hundred million individuals to discuss current health concerns and may serve as a resource for computational detection of ADRs.
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Publicly available social media forums, including patient/disease forums such as Inspire, offer focused discussion communities and have seen exponential growth in recent years.
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