Use of the Internet by oncology patients: its effect on the doctor–patient relationship

Julia ML Brotherton, Stephen J Clarke and Susan Quine
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04848.x
Published online: 16 September 2002

To the Editor: The possible impact of the Internet revolution has been much discussed.1-3 In two surveys, conducted in 1999 and 2001, we surveyed oncology patients from two teaching hospitals in central Sydney to explore the experience and impact of Internet use among Australian oncology patients.


  • 1. Van Der Weyden MB, Armstrong RM, Chew M. The communication revolution: winners and losers [editorial]. Med J Aust 1999; 171: 512.
  • 2. Coiera E. The Internet's challenge to health care provision [editorial]. BMJ 1996; 312: 3-4.
  • 3. Ferguson T. From patients to end users [editorial]. BMJ 2002; 324: 555-556.


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