Virtually he@lthy: the impact of internet use on disease experience and the doctor-patient relationship.

@article{Broom2005VirtuallyHT,
  title={Virtually he@lthy: the impact of internet use on disease experience and the doctor-patient relationship.},
  author={Alex Broom},
  journal={Qualitative health research},
  year={2005},
  volume={15 3},
  pages={
          325-45
        }
}
In the current study, the author explores the complex effects and contradictory roles of the Internet as a source of empowerment and control, and as a site of "risk management." Drawing on a study of the Internet usage of Australian men with prostate cancer, the author investigates how access to information and online support affects men's experiences of disease and, in particular, the possible implications of Internet-informed patients for the doctor-patient relationship. The data reveal that… CONTINUE READING
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