Patient use of the internet for information in a lung cancer clinic.

  title={Patient use of the internet for information in a lung cancer clinic.},
  author={Michael W. Peterson and Peter C. Fretz},
  volume={123 2},
STUDY OBJECTIVES To determine how frequently patients attending a lung cancer clinic use the Internet for their own health information, to determine whether there are demographic differences between Internet users and nonusers, and to determine how patients compare the quality of Internet information with other sources of lung cancer information. DESIGN Sequentially administered patient questionnaire. One hundred eighty-four patients were surveyed, and 139 patients (75.5%) completed the… 

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