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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4663

Title: Internet-based Patient Self-care: The Next Generation of Health Care Delivery
Authors: Forkner-Dunn, June
Keywords: Viewpoint
Consumer participation
medical informatics
patient education
physician-patient relations
self care
disease management
Issue Date: 15-May-2003
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: June Forkner-Dunn. Internet-based Patient Self-care: The Next Generation of Health Care Delivery. J Med Internet Res 2003;5(2):e8 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2003/2/e8/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2003/2/e8/ ] : The United States health care system is an outdated model in need of fundamental change. As part of this change, the system must explore and take advantage of the potential benefits of the "e-revolution," a phenomenon that includes everyday use of the Internet by the general public. During 2002, an estimated 100 million Americans will have obtained information — including health information — from the Web as a basis for making decisions. The Internet is thus an influential force; and, as such, this medium could have a revolutionary role in retooling the trillion-dollar United States health care industry to improve patient self-management, patient satisfaction, and health outcomes. As a group, physicians use the Internet more than do many other sectors of the general adult population. However, physicians have not received sufficient information to convince them that they can provide higher-quality care by using the Internet; indeed, few studies have assessed the Internet's value for improving patients' medical self-management and health behavior, as well as their clinical outcomes and relationships with health care practitioners. New e-technology formats introduced to the growing consumer movement will drive the next generation of self-care by allowing patients to manage their own health conveniently and proficiently.
Description: Reviewer: Gerber, B
Reviewer: Ahern, D
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4663
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.5.2.e8
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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