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Trevor Jackson, deputy editor, BMJ. Patient powered health. BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2255 (Published 10 April 2013)

“Today the website Mumsnet is the source of all information on pregnancy and beyond,” writes long serving BMJ columnist James Owen Drife, in a wry take on what it feels like for an emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology to become a grandfather (doi:10.1136/bmj.f2214). “Phone calls to an obstetric parent are for quality control purposes only,” he adds.

Drife’s lighthearted comments about the power of an online network such as Mumsnet echo those of this week’s BMJ essayist, Dave deBronkart (doi:10.1136/bmj.f1990). It was through contact with other net savvy patients that deBronkart went from a cancer diagnosis to becoming an international patient superstar known as e-patient Dave…..


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“It is my wish to say the same about MSers; unfortunately getting consensus on various issues among MS healthcare professionals is difficult, if not impossible.”

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