Medical text-based consultations on the Internet: A 4-year study

  title={Medical text-based consultations on the Internet: A 4-year study},
  author={G{\"o}ran Umefjord and Herbert Sandstr{\"o}m and Hans Malker and G{\"o}ran Petersson},
  journal={International journal of medical informatics},
  volume={77 2},
BACKGROUND The Internet is increasingly used for health matters including Ask the doctor services. AIM To describe users and usage pattern of text-based medical consultation with family physicians on the Internet. METHODS Descriptive analysis of the first 4 years' use of a Swedish Ask the doctor service concerning number of inquiries, age and gender of inquirers. Time of day and week, types of medical inquiries, and use in relation to population density was analyzed during the last year of… CONTINUE READING

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