With the popularity of the Internet, more and more people are turning to their computers for health information, advice, support and services. With its information based firmly on research, The Internet and Health Communication provides an in-depth analysis of the changes in human communication and health care resulting from the Internet revolution. Representing a wide range of expertise, the contributors provide an extensive variety of examples from the micro to the macro, including information about HMO web sites, Internet pharmacies, and web-enabled hospitals, to vividly illustrate their findings and conclusions.

Consumer Use of Medical Information from Electronic and Paper Media: A Literature Review

Consumer Use of Medical Information from Electronic and Paper Media: A Literature Review

Consumer use of medical information from electronic and paper media: A literature review
Philip M.Napoli

Medical practitioners and researchers recently have begun to realize the enormous potential of the Internet to drastically alter how medical information is disseminated and obtained (e.g., Chamberlain, 1994; Sonnenberg, 1997). Already, the Internet is being used to provide a variety of medical information services, including online psychological counseling (LeBourdais, 1997), health information for college students and adolescents (Cheiten & Waters, 1995; Fulop & Varzandeh, 1996), and doctor-patient interactions designed for expanding and improving managed care (Zallen, 1995). A recent count estimates that more than 800 hospitals have information available on the World Wide Web and that more than 25,000 ...

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