Timothy B. Patrick

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BACKGROUND Digital information technology can facilitate informed decision making by individuals regarding their personal health care. The digital divide separates those who do and those who do not have access to or otherwise make use of digital information. To close the digital divide, health care communications research must address a fundamental issue,(More)
BACKGROUND The development of consumer health information applications such as health education websites has motivated the research on consumer health vocabulary (CHV). Term identification is a critical task in vocabulary development. Because of the heterogeneity and ambiguity of consumer expressions, term identification for CHV is more challenging than for(More)
E-Health involves new forms of patient-physician interaction and poses new ethical challenges and threats to patient privacy. This paper reviews Health On the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONcode) accredited e-Health websites that provide online appointment services in the U.S.A for compliance with basic principles of security and privacy. We found that(More)
OBJECTIVE A continual problem confronting the implementation of standardized vocabularies such as SNOMED CT is that their expressive flexibility and power provide more than one way to represent a given concept. The goal of this study was to investigate how the CliniClue Expression Transformer tool could be used to help in discerning similarities and(More)
Undiagnosed and untreated depressive disorders have become a serious public health issue and it is prevalent among people of all ages, gender and race. Social media sites, such as Twitter, have become a major venue for people to express/disclose their thoughts and feelings. The tweets from these micro-blogging sites could be used to screen for and(More)
Marginalized groups have been defined as groups that have been peripheralized from the center of society. Increasing nursing knowledge of marginalized groups and the dynamics of population diversity will enable nurses to better recognize shifting health patterns, plan for utilization of health services, and determine ethnic and cultural differences that(More)
Physicians need better access to information when making patient care decisions. Hospitals should allow electronic data transfers to physician PDAs to improve patient care, and physicians must institute measures to secure the confidentiality of patient information on their PDAs. By explicitly excluding copies from their designated record set, hospitals need(More)
BACKGROUND Retrieval tests have assumed that the abstract is a true surrogate of the entire text. However, the frequency of terms in abstracts has never been compared to that of the articles they represent. Even though many sources are now available in full-text, many still rely on the abstract for retrieval. METHODS 1,138 articles with their abstracts(More)
BACKGROUND Practice-based Internet communication allows patients to obtain health information, ask questions, and submit requests through a personalized Web site. While such online tools also bring great promise for educating patients with the goal of fostering behavior change, it is important to examine how individuals currently using such services differ(More)