The internet is becoming increasingly important in health care practice. The number of health-related web sites is rising exponentially as people seek health-related information and services to supplement traditional sources, such as their local doctor, friends, or family. The development of e-medicine poses important ethical challenges, both for health professionals and for those who provide clinical ethics support for them. This paper describes some of these challenges and explores some of the ways in which those who provide clinical ethics support might respond creatively to them. By offering ways of responding to such challenges, both electronically and face-to-face, the providers of clinical ethics support can show themselves to be an indispensable part of good quality health care provision.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/jme.27.suppl_1.i33

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of medical ethics

Publication Date

04/2001

Volume

27 Suppl 1

Pages

i33 - i35

Addresses

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Oxford.

Keywords

Humans, Communication, Access to Information, Inservice Training, Ethics, Clinical, Ethics Committees, Clinical, Internet, Information Services, State Medicine, Health Services Accessibility, Advertising as Topic, United Kingdom, Community Participation