The Internet and Health Communication: Experiences and Expectations / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Despite its daily use of advanced computer systems, the medical field is far behind the general business world in its integration with the Internet. The editors of this volume point out some of the many benefits to be gained by the easier exchange of information, including the quicker discovery of disease patterns, keeping health care workers trained in the latest techniques and streamlining the management of healthcare organizations. But, they admit, there are many obstacles, including the formidable task of maintaining patient privacy. This book, aimed at students, policy makers and health care administrators, discusses these and other issues concerning the meeting of the Internet and the healthcare world, with nineteen articles divided into five broad categories: an overview of experiences and expectations of healthcare on the Internet, online medical information, developing and evaluating health information sites, health e-commerce, and public policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761922339
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/17/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald E. Rice (Ph.D. & M.A., Stanford University; B.A., Columbia University) is both the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at UC, Santa Barbara. He has been elected divisional officer in the International Communication Association and the Academy of Management, elected President and Fellow of the ICA, awarded a Fulbright Award to Finland, appointed as Wee Kim Wee Professor and then University Professor of the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montreal. He has co-authored or co-edited ten books, including The New Media: Communication, Research and Technology (1984), and The Internet and Health Communication (2001), both also with SAGE. He is widely published in communication science, public communication campaigns, computer-mediated communication systems, methodology, organizational and management theory, information systems, information science and bibliometrics, and social networks.
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Table of Contents

1. The Internet and Health Communication: A Framework of Experiences - Ronald E Rice
2. The Future of the Internet in Health Care: A Five-Year Forecast - Robert Mittman and Mary Cain
3. Consumer Use of Medical Information from Electronic and Paper Media - Philip M Napoli
4. Assessments of Quality of Health Care Information and Referrals to Physicians: A Nationwide Survey - Philip Aspden and James E Katz
5. Use of the Internet for Professional Purposes: A Survey of New Jersey Physicians - Philip Aspden, James E Katz and Ann E. Bemis
6. Expectations and Experiences of Infertility Information Seeking via the Internet and Telephone Directory - June Anigbougu and Ronald E Rice
7. Using the Web to Assist Communities in Public Health Campaign Planning: A Case Study of the React Project - John Finnegan et al
8. Evaluating a Federal Health-Related Web Site: A Multimethod Perspective on - Sid Schneider et al
9. A Pound of Cure: A Content Analysis of Health Information on Web Sites of Top-Ranked HMOs - Elizabeth Witherspoon
10. A Comparative Features Analysis of Publicly Accessible Commercial and Government Health Database Websites - Ronald E Rice, Michael Peterson and Robert Christine
11. Experiencing Empathy Online - Jennifer Preece and Kamiz Ghozati
12. The Role of the Organization in the Success of Web-Based Continuing Medical Education Programs - Pamela S Whitten, Matthew S Eastin, and David Cook
13. Improving Diabetes Care with Telecomputing Technology - Richard L Street, Jr., and Veronika K Piziak
14. Web-Enabled Hospitals in the United States: Influences on Adoption Processes - Lauren B Eder and Donald E Wise
15. Competitive Collaboration in Australia's Pharmaceutical Industry - Elizabeth More and G Michael McGrath
16. ehealth: Federal Issues and Approaches - Cynthia Baur, Mary Jo Deering and Leslie Hsu
17. Old Wine in Silicon Prescription Bottles: /Some Legal Issues, Benefits, and Disadvantages Associated With Internet Pharmacies - Barry D Bayer
18. Networked Communication Practices and the Security and Privacy of Electronic Healthcare Records - James Katz and Philip Aspden
Concluding Thoughts - James Katz and Ronald E Rice
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