eedback 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.
Guidelines for Giving Feedback
Giving and Receiving Feedback
May 13, 2007
Posted by Victor Castilla at 8:13 AM