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Quelle est l'influence d'Internet sur la relation médecin-patient en médecine générale ?

Abstract : Introduction: The Internet has become a vast and accessible source of information for many people, although there is a "digital divide". In France, more than half of Internet users have searched for health information on the Internet and can be considered as "internaut-patient”. Since the last century, the doctor-patient relationship evolves into a "shared medical decision" where the exchange of information from the Internet can enter this process of co-decision. So, what is the influence of the Internet in the doctor-patient relationship? Methods: We conducted a qualitative study based on questionnaires sent to GPs and questionnaires to patients, left available in the expectations-rooms of general practice of Gironde and Landes in March 2014. Results: In our study, 64% of patients seeking medical information on the Internet, mainly out of curiosity. These patients do not believe the Internet has changed their relationship with their doctor, or their confidence in him, he is the same for doctors. They are also regularly confronted with patients reporting their medical information collected on the Internet. If the Internet can make the most frank and constructive relationship, it can also generate a Cyberchondria. In addition, physicians and patients are not aware of the reliability criteria of sites providing medical information. Conclusion: The analysis of our study highlights a neutral impact of the Internet on the doctor-patient relationship, but that may be beneficial to move towards a better partnership resulting in an improvement of the therapeutic adherence of "internaut-patient”.
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Clémence Silvestri. Quelle est l'influence d'Internet sur la relation médecin-patient en médecine générale ?. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2015. ⟨dumas-01120948⟩



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