Patients' reasons for refraining from discussing internet health information with their healthcare providers Journal Article


Authors: Imes, R. S.; Bylund, C. L.; Sabee, C. M.; Routsong, T. R.; Sanford, A. A.
Article Title: Patients' reasons for refraining from discussing internet health information with their healthcare providers
Abstract: This exploratory study examined factors that constrain patients from discussing Internet health information with their healthcare providers. Participants (N = 714) were asked to list reasons why they have not talked with their providers about Internet health information they had found. Factors (N = 767) included patient attributions about the information, systems or circumstances, fear of treading on the provider's turf, face-saving concerns, and patient perceptions of provider attributions about the information. Comparisons between those who had and those who had not talked to their healthcare providers about their Internet research revealed significant differences in types of constraining factors indicated. Issues concerning an increasingly Internet-savvy public and provider-patient relationships are considered in the discussion within the framework of the goals, planning, action theory. Continued efforts in provider and patient education can help to overcome barriers that restrict communication concerning Internet health research.
Keywords: adult; middle aged; methodology; biomedical research; statistics; internet; attitude to health; motivation; time; time factors; standard; patient participation; utilization review; doctor patient relation; medical research; communication; physician-patient relations; attitude of health personnel; behavior; intention; interpersonal communication; health knowledge, attitudes, practice; decision making; information services; choice behavior; health personnel attitude; goals; health education; information service
Journal Title: Health Communication
Volume: 23
Issue: 6
ISSN: 1041-0236
Publisher: Routledge  
Date Published: 2008-01-01
Start Page: 538
End Page: 547
Language: English
DOI: 10.1080/10410230802460580
PUBMED: 19089701
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: --- - "Cited By (since 1996): 9" - "Export Date: 17 November 2011" - "Source: Scopus"
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