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Unit 3: Internet

The Internet is increasingly used by many segments of the American population. On the Internet, one can make plane reservations, view a map of a travel destination, make a credit card payment, shop, keep up with former colleagues, apply for a job, and look for a partner. An understanding of how the Internet is used by healthcare consumers reveals important implications for healthcare providers.

Goal:

To enable students to understand ways in which access to the Internet can affect healthcare consumers and their healthcare providers.

Objectives:

When the Internet component is complete, the student will be able to:

  1. Discover and evaluate a variety of healthcare blogs.
  2. Identify different social media activities in which healthcare consumers and the U.S. population in general are participating.
  3. Discuss the implications of social media usage in regard to provider-patient relations.

Activities:

  1. Compare and contrast five medically related blogs.
  2. Read five recommended articles.
  3. Answer four essay questions related to the articles. Must be submitted by midnight on October 17, 2014, via Sakai.

Minimum time:

Approximately 9 hours.

 

Evidence:

  1. Blog evaluations printed and submitted.
  2. Answers to four questions (short essay format).

 

Instructors:

primary instructor:

Tara Allison, M.L.I.S.

Lubbock Technical Services, Room 207B

Phone: (806) 743-2276

Fax: (806) 743-2218

E-mail: tara.allison@ttuhsc.edu

 

backup resource instructor:

Barbara S. Ballew, M.S.Ed., M.A.L.S., AHIP

Lubbock Outreach, Room 259

Phone: (806) 743-2209

Fax: (806) 743-2218

E-mail: barbara.ballew@.ttuhsc.edu

 

Resources:

Recommended Blogs

Kumar, Rishi. 2014. RK.md. Retrieved from http://rk.md

Holt, M., McCowen, H., & Li, Henry. 2014. The health care blog. Retrieved from http://www.thehealthcareblog.com

Mothers With Cancer. 2013. Mothers with cancer: Raising children, fighting cancer, living life!. Retrieved from http://motherswithcancer.wordpress.com

Sabin, Jim. 2013. Health care organizational ethics. Retrieved from http://healthcareorganizationalethics.blogspot.com

 

Recommended Readings

Calderon, S. I. (2010). Facebook app aims to control diabetes. Inside Facebook. Retrieved from http://www.insidefacebook.com/2010/06/21/facebook-app-aims-to-help-control-diabetes/

McBride, D. (2009). Misuse of social networking may have ethical implications for nurses. ONS Connect, 24(7), 17. Retrieved from http://www.ons.org

Nupur, T. (2010). The role of patient satisfaction in online health information seeking. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, 15(1), 3-17. doi:10.1080/10810730903465491.

Reidenberg, D. J. (2010). The Times They Are a-Changin'. Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, 13(2), 12-13. Retrieved from http://www.americanpsychotherapy.com/annals/

Zickuhr, K. (2010). Generations 2010. PewResearch Internet Project. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2010/12/16/generations-2010/

 

Suggested Readings

Fox, S. (2008, August). The engaged E-patient population. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Retrieved from http://pewinternet.org/reports/2008/The-Engaged-Epatient-Population.aspx

Fox, S. & Jones, S. (2009, June 11). The social life of health information. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Summary of findings. Pages. 1-9. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/8-The-Social-Life-of-Health-Information.aspx

Kaplan, K., Salzer, M. S., Solomon, P., Brusilovskiy, E., & Cousounis, P. (2011, January). Internet peer support for individuals with psychiatric disabilities: a randomized control trial. Social Science & Medicine, 72(1), 54-62. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.09.037

Sechrest, R. C. (2010). The Internet and the patient-physician relationship. Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, 468(10), 2566-2571. doi:10.1007/s11999-010-1440-3

Wade, A. G. (2010). Use of the Internet to assist in the treatment of depression and anxiety: A systematic review. Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 12(4), e1-e11. doi:10.4088/PCC.09r00876blu

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