ABSTRACT: Impact of the Media and the Internet on Oncology: Survey
of Cancer Patients and Oncologists in Canada
PURPOSE: To evaluate the use of the news media and the Internet
as sources of medical information by patients and oncologists
in Canada and to investigate the impact on patients' treatment
decisions and the patient-doctor relationship.
CONCLUSION: Information searching is common among cancer patients
in Canada. It does not affect the patient-doctor relationship.
The media and the Internet are powerful means of medical information
Strategic efforts are needed to improve the quality
of medical news reporting by the media, and to provide guidance
for patients to understand their disease and interpret such information
12/03/2001; Journal of Clinical Oncology
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