The Voice of Isotretinoin: A Nightmare

The Voice of Isotretinoin: A Nightmare

David Elpern (Kauai Foundation for Continuing Education, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1876-3.ch003
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This paper is a joint patient and health professional narrative that emphasizes possible utilities of a persistent clinical encounter between patients and health professionals toward improving health outcomes. It illustrates one of the important objectives of “User Driven Healthcare” that notes an increasing influence of asynchronous email as well as electronic social networking between patients and health professionals as transformative toward the future of healthcare. The patient reports an important side effect of a drug hitherto under-reported in the literature as discovered by her physician after further web based searching. This experience led him to further reflect on possible causes of prior reported side effects of the drug such as suicidal ideation.
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This work was previously published in the International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare, Volume 1, Issue 1, edited by Rakesh Biswas, pp. 25-26, copyright 2011 by IGI Publishing (an imprint of IGI Global).

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