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Keywords:

  • Digital divide;
  • Health education;
  • Internet;
  • Patient education;
  • Social support

Women increasingly access the Internet for health information and social support in managing health-related changes. Some women's use of the Internet has empowered them and created changes in nurse-patient relationships. Nurses and patients must have a mutually respectful open dialogue to develop individualized appropriate plans of care, and nurses should recognize that women who do not have Internet access may have different learning needs.JOGNN, 35, 151-156; 2006. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2006.00004.x