The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the impact of health care disparities to the general public. In addition, due to the societal impact of COVID-19, public discussions in the media entered the doctor's office. This led to a completely new interaction between doctors and the media. Our acquaintance during a television talk show emphasized the importance of collaboration for both of us. It made us realize that we, as a general practitioner and as a medical specialist, can have an important contribution to the social domain by addressing issues and providing information to the general public. It became increasingly clear that the media can be an important tool for doctors in this respect. By using (social) media we can reach a larger part of the general public with reliable medical information. At the same time, we can use this to reach policy makers and politicians to ultimately incorporate solutions into policy.
|Translated title of the contribution||Close the health information gap: physicians should use the media to inform the public|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Dec 2022|