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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Why Are Health Care Interventions Delivered Over the Internet? A Systematic Review of the Published Literature

Journal of Medical Internet Research - Why Are Health Care Interventions Delivered Over the Internet? A Systematic Review of the Published Literature

This paper, by Frances Griffiths, Antje Lindenmeyer, John Powell, Pam Lowe, and Margaret Thorogood, which has just been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, reports a systematic reviewwhich set out "to review the reasons why health interventions have been delivered on the Internet and to reflect on the work of the pioneers in this field in order to inform future research".

The researchers tried to examine the effects on clinical practice and cost from 28 interventions and 9 interventions from pilot studies.

They concluded that "Internet delivery overcomes isolation of time, mobility, and geography, but it may not be a substitute for face-to-face contact".

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