Most doctors, unlike other professionals, are reluctant to use social networks as a new way of communicating with patients.

Positive experiences, such as networks of patients, which bring the Internet to people who are suffering the same disease and offer support and advice successful initiatives such as some virtual consultations, for example, has mounted the Hospital Barcelona Clinic for HIV patients and doctors are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by Twitter.

Elena Torrente, the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, ​​says that "doctors are one step behind the patients, who themselves are using the Internet to organize and debate. Doctors are more reluctant, especially because they lack the means and believe they will steal a lot of time and will have to be disproving the myths about health that circulate the internet. "

"You should always see this as a complement. In no case will replace the traditional view, but it can be a nice addition for some patients and improve the efficiency of the system ... ultimately they will have no choice but to familiar with this form of communication, because what is it tends to a predictive medicine, personalized and participatory in which the patient will have increasing relevance "

Social networks have among other uses, you can improve health, highlighting the "opportunity to launch healthy messages and reach many people and is also very useful for patients to talk to them about their experiences."