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J Med Syst. 2007 Apr;31(2):97-101.

Internet use by hospice families and providers: a review.

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University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211-2060, USA.

Abstract

This literature review explores the current evidence related to use of the Internet by hospice patients or families and palliative care/hospice professionals. The research questions guiding this study pertain to the current Internet-based interventions in hospice and palliative care and the evidence of their effectiveness. Six studies were identified as a result of an extensive literature review. These studies included research about web-based clinical interventions for patients, and patients', caregivers' and hospice/palliative care providers' use of the Internet. The majority of interventions involve accessing information via the Internet. Participants among the studies included patients, caregivers/family members, and health care professionals. Findings overall indicate effectiveness of Internet-based interventions. Both patients and professionals are using the Internet to find answers to healthcare questions, communicate, and/or deliver healthcare interventions.

PMID:
17489501
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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