Playing Catch Up
Although crowdsourcing may seem new to some researchers, Dr. Chang said medicine is behind the curve when it comes to using this resource and that crowdsourcing is the bread and butter research of other areas, such as the social sciences. “It’s such a low risk and high reward thing to try,” she said, “I invite health services researchers to look into it and see if it might decrease their burden. It doesn’t cost very much but could be really useful.”
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She also advises physicians who generally avoid using technology to try to keep an open mind and let their patients be their guides. “Your patients are using a lot of different technology. Be open to how they’re using it and why they’re using it. Most of the time it’s because it’s enhancing their lives in some way. We have to ask ourselves how we can leverage that to help us understand their lives better.”
Renée Bacher is a freelance medical writer based in Louisiana.