Turned on or turned off? Accessing health information on the internet


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Henwood, Flis, Wyatt, S., Hart, Angela and Smith, J. (2002) Turned on or turned off? Accessing health information on the internet The Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 14 (2). pp. 79-90. ISSN 0905-0167

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It is often claimed that Internet access provides people with more and better health information, resulting in better-informed patients who engage in more reflexive and equal negotiations with their doctors. Counter arguments suggest that Internet information overload will increase levels of anxiety and confusion amongst health care consumers, resulting in their disempowerment. This paper discusses on-going research investigating the ways Internet users and non-users access and manage information about specific health treatments. The paper describes how our research design and methodology is enabling us to avoid the generalisations and tendencies towards technological determinism found in much previous research in this field.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 2002
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet; health information; patients; HRT; Viagra
Subjects: P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P100 Information Services > P110 Information Management
B000 Health Professions > B700 Nursing and Midwifery
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Social Informatics
Depositing User: editor snam
Date Deposited: 10 May 2007
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015 17:00
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/346

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