Journal article

Attitudes of oncology health professionals to information from the Internet and other media

GM Newnham, WI Burns, RD Snyder, AJ Dowling, NF Ranieri, EL Gray, SA McLachlan

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate attitudes of Australian health professionals working in oncology to health-related information in the media and on the Internet and to patients who search for this information. DESIGN: Questionnaire-based survey. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Questionnaires were mailed in January 2003 to all 333 health professionals belonging to the Victorian Cooperative Oncology Group. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: 27 items about attitudes to information in the media and the Internet, patient information-seeking and its effects on the doctor-patient relationship. RESULTS: 226 surveys (68%) were returned and assessable. Most respondents took notice of medical information reported on television..

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