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Entertaining MD to talk about changing patient-doctor relationships

Published: October 23, 2014
Cartoon from Dr. Mike Evan's YouTube channel
— Cartoon from Dr. Mike Evan's YouTube channel

A family physician who has become a YouTube sensation through his videos that provide easy-to-understand health advice, will be the keynote speaker at a public talk on Monday, Oct. 27, at McMaster Innovation Park.

Dr. Mike Evans
Dr. Mike Evans, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Toronto, will be speaking about patient engagement at McMaster Innovation Park.

Dr. Mike Evans, who is known for his work on patient engagement and particularly the use of technology in healthcare communications, will present on the changing landscape in how patients and healthcare professionals talk together, and the impact of technology on the way consumers seek out health information.

His talk called Disruption, Peer to Peer Healthcare, Creativity and YouTube: How to Fail Well in Patient Engagement will include why some aspects of patient engagement are not yet changing, such as relationships and attitudes, particularly among older adults.

The alumnus of McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine will also look at how new media can and is used in patient engagement.

Evans' numerous videos that cover topics ranging from low back pain to brain health and medication safety have garnered more than 10 million hits on YouTube since he created his first video in 2011.

Evans is a scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Toronto.

The talk is 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., including a question period. McMaster Innovation Park is at 175 Longwood Road South in Hamilton, and offers free parking onsite. The event will also be webcast live at McMaster Optimal Aging Events.

The public talk has been organized by the McMaster Health Forum as part of the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, and is supported by the MedicAlert Foundation of Canada.

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