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E-mail and oncology: a survey of radiation oncology patients and their attitudes to a new generation of health communication.
Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2005; 8(2):189-93.PC

Abstract

Electronic mail (e-mail) is a powerful tool that can greatly enhance communication and has numerous potential applications within the medical profession. Physician-patient e-mail communication volume is increasing, but little research has addressed patient interests and concerns about this now commonplace technology. The goals of this study were to review the available literature regarding physician-patient e-mail practices, evaluate patient interest, assess patient perspectives about how e-mail communication might facilitate medical treatment and advice, and determine areas of patient concern regarding e-mail communication with their physicians. To this end, a population of cancer patients was sent a written survey designed to assess their access to e-mail and attitudes about physician-patient e-mail communication. We found that patients favored e-mail for increased convenience, efficiency, and timeliness about general health problems, while it was not favored for urgent matters.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Radiation Oncology, Kimmel Cancer Center, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Philadelphia 19107-5097, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15852052

Citation

Katzen, C, et al. "E-mail and Oncology: a Survey of Radiation Oncology Patients and Their Attitudes to a New Generation of Health Communication." Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, vol. 8, no. 2, 2005, pp. 189-93.
Katzen C, Solan MJ, Dicker AP. E-mail and oncology: a survey of radiation oncology patients and their attitudes to a new generation of health communication. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2005;8(2):189-93.
Katzen, C., Solan, M. J., & Dicker, A. P. (2005). E-mail and oncology: a survey of radiation oncology patients and their attitudes to a new generation of health communication. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 8(2), 189-93.
Katzen C, Solan MJ, Dicker AP. E-mail and Oncology: a Survey of Radiation Oncology Patients and Their Attitudes to a New Generation of Health Communication. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2005;8(2):189-93. PubMed PMID: 15852052.
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