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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2008;14(4):345-354.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2008.14.4.345    Published online December 31, 2008.
The Perception of the Patients on the Effects of Internet Health Information on the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Jeongeun Kim, Seonghee Jeong, Meihua Piao, Sunyoung Park, Sunyoung Lee, Jeeyoung Joo, Sukwha Kim
1College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
2Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
3Department of Nursing, Namseoul University, Seoul, Korea.
4College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.

The objective of the study was to determine patient's views of the effects of internet health information on the doctor-patient relationship.

METHODS: Online survey with 26 items was conducted which was developed by revising the questionnaire of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising to accommodate to the internet health information. Members of the active online patients communities were solicited by e-mail.

RESULTS: Most of them gave an affirmative answer on Internet Health Information saying that it makes them get advice from doctor with self-confidence, follow their doctor's direction well, get more medical treatment after retrieving the information and so on. By contrast, physicians perceived that internet health information may have variety of negative effects according to the preceding research.

CONCLUSIONS: There are the differences of perspectives between physicians and patients. Therefore it will be necessary to make the experts' intervention in the provision of internet health information, which will have good effects on quality of care, doctor-patient relationship, and health service utilization.

Key Words: Internet Health Information, Doctor-Patient Relationship, Patients Perception


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