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Virtually he@lthy: the impact of internet use on disease experience and the doctor-patient relationship.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15761103     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the current study, the author explores the complex effects and contradictory roles of the Internet as a source of empowerment and control, and as a site of "risk management." Drawing on a study of the Internet usage of Australian men with prostate cancer, the author investigates how access to information and online support affects men's experiences of disease and, in particular, the possible implications of Internet-informed patients for the doctor-patient relationship. The data reveal that accessing information and/or support online can have a profound effect on men's experiences of prostate cancer, providing a method of taking some control over their disease and limiting inhibitions experienced in face-to-face encounters. However, it is also clear that some medical specialists view Internet-informed patients as a challenge to their power within medical encounters and, as a result, employ disciplinary strategies that reinforce traditional patient roles and alienate patients who use the Internet.
Alex Broom
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Qualitative health research     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1049-7323     ISO Abbreviation:  Qual Health Res     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-11     Completed Date:  2005-05-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9202144     Medline TA:  Qual Health Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  325-45     Citation Subset:  T    
School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Information Services / utilization*
Internet / utilization*
Interviews as Topic
Models, Psychological
Patient Education as Topic / methods*
Patient Participation*
Physician-Patient Relations*
Power (Psychology)
Professional Autonomy
Prostatic Neoplasms / psychology*,  therapy
Qualitative Research
Risk Management
Self-Help Groups

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