Doctors reluctant to talk to patients via email

The barrier is her doctor’s own reluctance to talk to patients through e-mail.

“It makes sense to me to have the words laid out, to be able to re-read, to go back to it at a convenient time,” the 34-year-old Milwaukee woman recently wrote on a social networking site. “If I were able to ask my physician questions this way, it would make my own health care much easier.”

Kreuziger’s experience is shared by most Americans: They want the convenience of e-mail for non-urgent medical issues, but fewer than a third of U.S. doctors use e-mail to communicate with patients, according to recent physician surveys. (link)

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