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J Law Med Ethics. 2010 Spring;38(1):17-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2010.00462.x.

The impact of web 2.0 on the doctor-patient relationship.

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University of California of San Fransico, CA, USA.


Web 2.0 innovations may enhance informed patient decision-making, but also raise ethical concerns about inaccurate or misleading information, damage to the doctor-patient relationship, privacy and confidentiality, and health disparities. To increase the benefits and decrease the risks of these innovations, we recommend steps to help patients assess the quality of health information on the Internet; promote constructive doctor-patient communication about new information technologies; and set standards for privacy and data security in patient-controlled health records and for point-of-service advertising.

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