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Editor's Note
June 2014

The Patient PageReaching Patients With Essential Information

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JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(6):662-663. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.10409

The shifts in health care delivery have led to shorter visits, which can leave less time for patient counseling. Today’s patients, however, have ready access to more information via the Internet, social platforms, and mobile apps than patients in the past. The variable and unvetted quality of that information is concerning.

Cohen et al provide a model for how physicians can work to provide reliable educational resources for their patients via a mobile app. Bhatia points out that the underutilization of mobile devices for patient education and patient-physician communication represents a practice gap, and it behooves dermatologists to step in and fill this gap.

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