Health Information on the Internet: A Study of Providers, Quality, and Users

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The accessibility of health information on the Internet has revolutionized access to clinical information for health practitioners and patients. This access to information has the potential to make a major contribution to health care. However, the effective use of this accessibility depends on an understanding of all the issues involved, from the underlying technologies and economic pressures, to questions of how best to manage quality and privacy, how people seek and use information, and what the barriers to its use are. Cullen's book also examines the extent of health information on the Internet, the providers of websites and their content, and outlines the nature of the paradigm shift affecting knowledge in the health sector.

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"Cullen discusses how people seek and use health information, the barriers they encounter, the extent of health information available online, and ways to manage the quality and privacy of health information."


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"Cullen brings together the knowledge of various disciplines contributing to the development of health information on the Internet to address in one place the scattered professional audiences for such information--health informaticians, librarians, doctors, nurses, Web content managers, health-care managers, and others. Cullen addresses information needs and behavior and information sources directed toward practitioners, patients, and their caregivers primarily in Western, English-speaking countries. The volume is not a webliography of best sources but rather focuses on research and theory: Topics include where and how health information is found online; issues related to quality; the needs of clinicians and the needs of patients, and how they can best be met; and the growth of telemedicine."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865693227
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ROWENA CULLEN is Associate Professor in the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington.

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Table of Contents

1 Health information on the Internet 1
2 The structures of knowledge related to health information on the Internet 27
3 Accessing health information on the Internet 55
4 Quality 85
5 Physicians and other health professionals' use of the Internet 111
6 Consumer health information on the Internet 137
7 Telemedicine and online medical services 165
8 Future trends and challenges 189
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