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dc.contributor.advisorWynn, Rolf
dc.contributor.authorKummervold, Per Egil
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-27T10:06:25Z
dc.date.available2009-04-27T10:06:25Z
dc.date.issued2009-05-22
dc.description.abstract<b>Objective</b> <br>To investigate some of the consequences that electronic health communication has for patients, health professionals and society at large. The underlying studies investigate reasons patients provide for using online communication solutions, the current propagation and pace of Internet health communication, and whether such services would replace conventional health communication channels. <br><b>Methods</b> <br>These objectives were addressed in three separate studies, all using different methodological approaches. The exploratory study used online questionnaires, receiving 492 responses. The population study used telephone interviews with 14,956 respondents from seven different European countries, while the intervention study was designed as a randomised controlled trial with a total of 200 patients. <br><b>Results</b> <br>The results showed that patients found advantages in online communication, and some reported that it was easier to talk about sensitive subjects online. For all the seven studied European countries, there was significant growth in the proportion of the population using Internet for health purposes in the period 2005-2007. More patients are using the Internet as an active communication channel, both for reaching health professionals and for reaching peers. Direct electronic communication was shown to replace other communication channels, especially face-to-face consultations in family doctor settings. <br><b>Conclusions</b> <br>Internet-based patient communication is starting to become an important part of today’s health care systems. To some degree, conventional communication channels are being replaced by online alternatives. However, there still appears to be potential for further growth. It is clear that in addition to the practical advantages of asynchronous communication in flexibility and saved travelling time, such communication also gives patients the time they need to formulate their questions.en
dc.descriptionPapers 4 and 5 of the thesis are not available in Munin due to publishers' restrictions: <br>4. Kummervold, P. E., Trondsen, M., Andreassen, H., Gammon, D., & Hjortdahl, P.: 'Erfaringer med lege-pasient-kontakt over Internett.' Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening (2004), 124(20), 2633-2636. Available at <a href="http://www.tidsskriftet.no/index.php?seks_id=1086346"> http://www.tidsskriftet.no/index.php?seks_id=1086346</a> <br>5. Bergmo, T., Kummervold, P. E., Gammon, D., Dahl, L. B.: 'Electronic patient–provider communication: Will it offset office visits and telephone consultations in primary care?' International Journal of Medical Informatics (2005), 74(9), 705-710 (Elsevier). Available at <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2005.06.002"> http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2005.06.002</a>en
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dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/1831
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-uit_munin_1588
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherUniversitetet i Tromsøen
dc.publisherUniversity of Tromsøen
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccess
dc.subjectVDP::Medical disciplines: 700::Health sciences: 800::Community medicine, Social medicine: 801en
dc.subjectVDP::Medical disciplines: 700::Health sciences: 800::Health service and health administration research: 806en
dc.subjectpasient-lege kommunikasjonen
dc.subjectInternetten
dc.subjectbruk av Internett til helseformålen
dc.subjectelektronisk pasientkommunikasjonen
dc.titleInternet-based patient communicationen
dc.typeDoctoral thesisen
dc.typeDoktorgradsavhandlingen


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