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Women's Use of the Internet: What Nurses Need to Know

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  • Suzanne S. Dickerson

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    1. Suzanne S. Dickerson, DNS, RN, is an associate professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
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Address for correspondence: Suzanne S. Dickerson, DNS, RN, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 914 Kimball Tower, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214-3079. E-mail: sdickers@buffalo.edu.

Abstract

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

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