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Läkaren och den pålästa patienten: Läkares syn på välinformerade patienter
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesisAlternative title
The physician and the well-informed patient : Doctors view on well-informed patients (English)
Abstract [en]

As a patient you can find a lot of information concerning health and diseases on the Internet. Purpose: The purpose of my study is to gain a better understanding of how physicians relate to well-informed patients from the point of doctor's changing role in meeting the patient related to the web-based patient information. Today's patients are turning increasingly to the Internet before they visit their doctor, this is due to the electronic health information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while the regular doctor usually have several weeks of waiting. Problems that can arise with the Web-based information is that the patient does not have a medical education to know whether the information is appropriate or not. Method: To explore these questions, I decided to use both qualitative semi-structured postal questionnaires and telephone interviews in which the physicians preferred differently. My respondents were five licensed physicians who had experience of many patients encounters. Findings: The physicians in my research have an overall positive and relaxed attitude towards patients who seek information on the Internet. Nevertheless, they say it is important to point out that its a bad idea to rely only on Internet sources. This because Internet is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. A medical doctor not only need to make a personal examination but also have the education, experience and the critical eye that is needed to make the right diagnosis. The physicians in my study often prefer the medical professional journals to Internet as a result of old habits related to their medical education and the feeling that these journals are more thrustworty. Still, the physicians agreed that they sometimes themselves find the World Wide Web useful if they are from reliable sources.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Borås/Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) , 2014.
Series
Kandidatuppsats ; 2013:37
Keywords [en]
pålästa patienter, patientinformation, läkare, cyberchondria
Keywords [sv]
läkarroller, kunskapsinhämtning, trovärdighetsbedömning
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-17542Local ID: 2320/13389OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-17542DiVA, id: diva2:1309451
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Program: BibliotekarieAvailable from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30

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