May 13, 2007

Feedback : for Medicine 2.0 Your Opinion is Important

Feedback is an interesting word. I learned about it while I was taking physiology classes at the university. I consider that this is a word most of us know and use in our daily life when we practice medicine. I learned that there are to types of feedback: negative and positive. It is easy to mention negative feedback examples, but it is more difficult to think about positive feedback examples. For that matter I just can think in two examples, what occur when we have a surge of estrogen in the menstrual cycle and how an action potential in a skeletal muscle is produced when sodium channels are opened by a positive feedback. A concept of feedback I found on Wikipedia is, "Feedback is the signal that is looped back to control a system within itself". For Web 2.0 and Medicine this concept is of great importance. Feedback "reinforces effective behavior and facilitates change", what is the point of this small discussion can become a topic of interest. The fact that a commentary in a post has a huge power and can generate many different ideas is incredible. But not all of us get use to give an opinion, we are not used to do that, we still feel afraid to express our ideas to others, it is like shame about nothing. What you have to realize is that interaction with other have a enormous potential to create new ideas. Yesterday, I told a friend how easy is now to publish your ideas in a important medical magazine, I told him for example an opinion I published on the British Journal Medicine about the article Dean Giustini wrote in December 2006 about, "How Web 2.0 is Changing Medicine?". Learning how to give and how to receive feedback is paramount. It is among all those things physician must learn nowadays. We have to learn that our opinion is important. We all have something to say, so lets do it.
Recommended Links
Guidelines for Giving Feedback
Giving and Receiving Feedback


  1. Hi
    Following your excellent work.
    As writing on the same subject of medical 2.0 in our blog :
    Ithink it's worth mention each other for the benefit of our viewers and as you suggested in the past, we are willing to make cooperation in the near future.

    Keep going

  2. I think that the most important aspect of medicine 2.0 is bridge-building, just another word for interaction. In my humble opinion this must include the bridge from medical science to laypersons. I try to do this with my blog with the idea of bridging the gap between the science and lay blogospheres.

  3. First of all, thank you for the commentaries. It is good to know that there are people who is interested in learning about the tools of Web 2.0 and their use in Medicine.
    But, there are still a lot of people who do not know about it. Somehow with this blog I try to show to others that it is not necessary to be an expert to learn about the web and the tools we can use.


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