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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Issuance: monographic

Date Issued: 2009

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: electronic

Extent: viii, 173 p. : ill.

Language(s): English

Summary: Use of the Internet can increase patients' understanding about their medical conditions and offers opportunities to strengthen the patient-physician relationship, increase patient satisfaction, and improve health outcomes. However, physicians vary widely in the extent to which they accept patient online medical information seeking and make it part of the patient-physician relationship. This paper explores factors impacting the extent to which physicians advocate (encourage, speak in favor, or are supportive of) patient internet use. Specifically, using social cognitive theory as a theoretical base, this study develops a model of the determinants of physician advocation of patient use of the internet for information about medical conditions and treatments. Survey data collected from a random sample of 179 physicians licensed to practice medicine in Florida is used to test the proposed model. Proxy efficacy for patient internet use, social efficacy for enlisting patient internet use, performance outcomes expectations, and personal outcome expectations are shown to be significant determinants of physician professional advocation of patient internet use. In addition to its direct impact, proxy efficacy is shown to influence intention to advocate patient internet use indirectly thru social efficacy and outcome expectations, demonstrating the key role of this construct in the proxy agency model. Self-efficacy, in contrast, is not found to be a significant factor. Overall, the results support the proposed model of technology use.

Identifier: 428806939 (oclc), 215294 (digitool), FADT215294 (IID), fau:3428 (fedora)

Note(s): by Neil Morton.Thesis (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2009.Includes bibliography.Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2009. Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Subject(s): Communication in medicinePhysician and patientMedical informaticsHealth in mass mediaEvidence-based medicine

Held by: FBoU FAUER

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FAU/215294

Owner Institution: FAU

Autor: Morton, Neil.

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A3428


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