Ever wonder what doctors talk about among themselves?
You no longer need to be a fly on the wall of a doctors' lounge to find out. These days, you just need an Internet connection: Doctors increasingly are telling allthough sometimes behind a veil of anonymity and altered factsin the blogosphere.
About 1% of all blogs deal with health, according to a 2006 study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Many are by consumers writing about their own health issues, but "the numbers of healthcare providers who are blogging is steadily growing," says Fard Johnmar, founder of Envision Solutions, a New York healthcare marketing firm.
Some doctor blogs are intended for the broader public. But many, especially those by anonymous writers, feature doctors ventingabout patients, hospitals, insurers and malpractice lawyersto each other. Others dissect health news or health policy debates, minus the usual stuffiness of medical journals.
Some blogs raise a question: Should we all worry that our doctors are blogging about usand potentially violating our privacy?
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