Lege Artis Medicinae

[E-physicians and e-patients in Hungary - Qualitative survey about physicians’ internet use and attitudes toward their patients’ internet use]

GYŐRFFY Zsuzsa, MESKÓ Bertalan

DECEMBER 18, 2012

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2012;22(12)

[BACKGROUND - Physicians and patiensinternet use has been challenged the med-ical and the social studies as well. InHungary, approximately 100% of physi-cians use the internet, and about 80% ofpatients search for medical informationonline.METHODS - A qualitative, pilot study(N=83) was performed among practisingphysicians in Hungary. The structuredinterview was focused on medical internetuse, and the attitudes of doctors regardingtheir patients’ internet use.RESULTS - The interviewed physicians usethe internet for the daily work. However76% of them do not support their patients’intenet use: firstly because of professionalcauses, secondly because of the changes ofthe doctor-patient relationship. 24% of theresponders agreed with the use of internetof patients for medical reasons.CONCLUSIONS - Our study is a pilot forquantitative research. Our findings suggestthat Hungarian physicians start to open tothe new communication technologies.]

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