The Internet and Health Care: Theory, Research, and Practice presents an in-depth introduction to the field of health care and the Internet, from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. It combines expertise in the areas of the social sciences, medicine, policy, and systems analysis. With an international collection of contributors, it provides a current examination of key issues and research projects in the area. Methods and data used in the chapters include personal interviews, focus groups, observations, regional and national surveys, online transcript analysis, and much more.
Sections in the book cover:
*e-Health trends and theory;
*searching, discussing, and evaluating online health information at the individual level of analysis;
*discussing health information at the group or community level; and
*implementing health information systems at the regional and social level.
The Internet and Health Care will prove useful for university educators and students in the social, public health, and medical disciplines, including Internet researchers. It is also oriented to professionals in many disciplines who will appreciate an integrative theoretical, empirical, and critical analysis of the subject matter, including developers and providers of online health information.
Table of Contents
Contents: S. Sirigatti, Foreword. L. Rainie, Foreword. Part I: Introduction. M. Murero, R.E. Rice, E-Health Research. Part II: E-Health Trends and Theory. L.J. Gurak, B.L. Hudson, E-Health: Beyond Internet Searches. M. Murero, E-Research and E-Learning: Could Online Virtual Environments Help Doctors Take Better Care of Patients? P. Whitten, C. Steinfield, L. Buis, The State of E-Commerce in Health: An Examination, Diagnosis, and Prognosis. M.J. Dutta-Bergman, Media Use Theory and Internet Use for Health Care. Part III: Searching, Discussing, and Evaluating Online Health Information. E. Tang, W. Lee, Singapore Internet Users' Health Information Search: Motivation, Perception of Information Sources, and Self-Efficacy. U. Josefsson, Patients' Online Information-Seeking Behavior. R.E. Rice, J.E. Katz, Internet Use in Physician Practice and Patient Interaction. S. Stewart, Delivering the Goods: Midwives' Use of the Internet. J.J. Seidman, The Mysterious Maze of the World Wide Web: How Can We Guide Consumers to High-Quality Health Information on the Internet? Part IV: Support Groups and Communities. G. Kral, Online Communities for Mutual Help: Fears, Fiction, and Facts. G.A. Barnett, J.M. Hwang, The Use of the Internet for Health Information and Social Support: A Content Analysis of Online Breast Cancer Discussion Groups. J.M. Leimeister, H. Krcmar, Designing and Implementing Virtual Patient Support Communities: A German Case Study. Part V: Practice and Infrastructure. K. Wallis, R.E. Rice, Technology and Health Information Privacy: Consumers and the Adoption of Digital Medical Records Technology. S. Brunsting, B. van den Putte, Web-Based Computer-Tailored Feedback on Alcohol Use: Motivating Excessive Drinkers to Consider Their Behavior. L. Heaton, Telehealth in Indigenous Communities in the Far North: Challenges for Continued Development. I. Banerjee, C. L. Hsi-Shi, Internet in the War Against HIV/AIDS in Asia. W.H. Curioso, New Technologies and Public Health in Developing Countries: The Cell PREVEN Project.
"All chapters are extremely well referenced, and most are well illustrated with sample Web pages, charts, figures, or tables. Highly recommended. Graduate students and about in health education, information science, and public health."