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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.


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


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.


  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.



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



primary instructor:

Tara Allison, M.L.I.S.

Lubbock Technical Services, Room 207B

Phone: (806) 743-2276

Fax: (806) 743-2218



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




Recommended Blogs

Kumar, Rishi. 2014. Retrieved from

Holt, M., McCowen, H., & Li, Henry. 2014. The health care blog. Retrieved from

Mothers With Cancer. 2013. Mothers with cancer: Raising children, fighting cancer, living life!. Retrieved from

Sabin, Jim. 2013. Health care organizational ethics. Retrieved from


Recommended Readings

Calderon, S. I. (2010). Facebook app aims to control diabetes. Inside Facebook. Retrieved from

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

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

Zickuhr, K. (2010). Generations 2010. PewResearch Internet Project. Retrieved from


Suggested Readings

Fox, S. (2008, August). The engaged E-patient population. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Retrieved from

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

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