B10. Murero, M. & Rice, R.E. (Eds.) (2006). The Internet and health care: Theory, research and practiceMahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Lee Rainie
Saulo Sirigatti

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

Chapter 1. E-Health Research -- Monica Murero and Ronald E. Rice
Motivations for the Book; Audience; Related Sources; Chapter Topics; Topics Across the Chapters; Conclusion

II. E-Health Trends and Theory

Chapter 2. E-Health: Beyond Internet Searches -- Laura J. Gurak and Brenda L. Hudson
Introduction; An Overview of E-Health; Clinical Applications; Healthcare Professional Education; Privacy; E-Health: The Future; References

Chapter 3. E-Research and E-Learning: Could Online Virtual Environments Help Doctors Take Better Care of Patients? -- Monica Murero
New E-Research and E-Learning Environments and Issues; What Are Learning Environments?; E-Learning: Medical Education for Students and Physicians; E-Research Environments; Are E-REs and E-LEs Growing Phenomena in Medicine?; Could Online Virtual Environments Help Doctors Take Better Care of Patients?; Barriers to the Diffusion and Use of E-LE and E-RE; Brain Frames for the Future of Medical Research; Building the Information Society: the Central Role of Research and Education; References

Chapter 4. The State of eCommerce in Health: An Examination, Diagnosis, and Prognosis -- Pamela Whitten, Charles Steinfield and Lorraine Buis
Introduction; An Overview of eCommerce and Healthcare in the U.S.; B2C eCommerce in Healthcare; B2B eCommerce in Health care; Barriers and Impediments; The Bottom Line; References

Chapter 5. Media Use Theory and Internet Use for Health Care --Mohan J. Dutta-Bergman
Introduction; Functional Approach to Media Use; Motivation and Health; Internet and Health Communication: Key Issues; References

III. Searching, Discussing and Evaluating Online Health Information

Chapter 6. Singapore Internet Users’ Health Information Search: Motivation, Perception of Information Sources, and Self-Efficacy --Evelyn Tang and Waipeng Lee
Introduction; Aims; Methods; Results; Use of Information Sources (RQ1); Motivations of Use (RQ2); Information Quality (RQ3a); Source Credibility (RQ3b); Self-Efficacy (RQ4); Conclusion; References

Chapter 7. Patients’ Online Information Seeking Behavior --Ulrika Josefsson
Introduction; Related Research; Models of Information Seeking Behavior; Theoretical Approach; Research Approach; Patients’ Online Information Seeking Behavior; Discussion; Limitations and Future Work; Conclusions; References

Chapter 8. Internet Use in Physician Practice and Patient Interaction -- Ronald E. Rice and James E. Katz
Introduction; Physician Use of the Internet; Patient Use of the Internet; Physician Outcomes; Patient Outcomes; Methodology; Analysis Framework; Results; Conclusion; References

Chapter 9. Delivering the Goods: Midwives’ Use of the Internet -- Sarah Stewart
Introduction; Internet and Midwifery Education; Aim of this Study; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusions; References

Chapter 10. The Mysterious Maze of the World Wide Web:  How Can We Guide Consumers to High-Quality Health Information on the Internet? -- Joshua J. Seidman
Introduction; Consumer Strategies for Navigating Health Information on the Web; Proposed Model for Evaluating the Quality of Internet Health Information; Policy Implications; Future Research Directions; Conclusion; References

IV. Support Groups and Communities

Chapter 11. Online Communities for Mutual Help: Fears, Fiction, and Facts -- Gerald Kral
Health Issues and the Internet; Online Communities; Online – Self-Help-Groups in the Health Context; Studying an Online Self-Help Group for Eating Disorders; Online Self-Help Groups for Suicidal People; Studying an Online Suicide Forum; Facts, Fiction and Fears: A Comparison; References

Chapter 12. The Use of the Internet for Health Information and Social Support: A Content Analysis of Online Breast Cancer Discussion Groups --George A. Barnett and Jennie M. Hwang
The Internet and Health, Especially Cancer, Information and Support; Content Analysis of Discussion Groups; Data Collection Procedures; Data Analysis Procedures; Results; Discussion; References

Chapter 13. Designing and Implementing Virtual Patient Support Communities: A German Case Study -- Jan Marco Leimeister and Helmut Krcmar
Introduction; Research Design and Research Plan; Field Studies; Requirements and the Development Process; Design of an Online Platform for Cancer Patients; Summary and Outlook; References

V. Practice and Infrastructure

Chapter 14. Technology and Health Information Privacy: Consumers and the Adoption of Digital Medical Records Technology -- Kier Wallis and Ronald E. Rice
National and Regional Implementations of Digital Medial Records; Theory: Diffusion of Innovations, Technology and Health Information Privacy; Methods: Stakeholder Interviews and Focus Groups; Results from Stakeholder Interviews and Focus Groups; Methods: Survey Development, Measurement, and Sample; Results: Descriptive; Results: Bivariate and Multivariate; Discussion and Implications of Survey Results; References

Chapter 15. Web-based Computer-Tailored Feedback on Alcohol Use: Motivating Excessive Drinkers to Consider Their Behavior --Suzanne Brunsting and Bas van den Putte

Introduction; Computer-Tailored Interventions on Alcohol Use; Theoretical Basis of Computer-Tailored Interventions; Putting Theory into Practice: The Drink Test; Theoretical issues; Analysis of the Drink Test: Method; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; References

Chapter 16. Telehealth in Indigenous Communities in the Far North: Challenges for Continued Development -- Lorna Heaton
Introduction; Nunavut and its Telehealth Program; The IIU Telehealth Network Project; Evaluation Methodology; Integrating Telehealth in the Health and Social Services System; Telehealth and the Internet: Is There an Opportunity Here?; Lessons Learned and Implications; Conclusion; References 

Chapter 17. Internet in the War against HIV/AIDS in Asia -
- Indrajit Banerjee and Cecilia Hsi-Shi Leong
ICTs, Treatment and Prevention of HIV/AIDS; The Prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Asia; Internet as a Source of Information and Support in the War against HIV/AIDS; Internet for HIV/AIDS Monitoring; Use of the Internet in HIV/AIDS Research; The Networking Effects of Internet in HIV/AIDS Interest Groups; Implications and Challenges for Asian Countries; Conclusion; References 

Chapter 18. New Technologies and Public Health in Developing Countries: The Cell PREVEN Project -- Walter H. Curioso
Telehealth and Public Health; Cell PREVEN: A Mobile Telehealth Project; Contextual Barriers and Opportunities in Developing Countries; Can Inexpensive Technologies be Used Effectively in Public Health in Developing Countries?; Applications of the System in Other Contexts; Other Telemedicine Applications in Peru; Lessons Learned with Cell PREVEN in a Developing Country; Future Developments; References