Access to Health Care Information

The wide-reaching span of today’s global society is increasingly being seen in the breadth of heath care information on the Internet. Today’s patients are more informed than ever and can easily find information on anything from diseases to treatments. Reflect on how this ease of information impacts health care both globally and locally, and then address the following:

• Share an example of a time when a client or patient asked questions about your nursing care or the medical plan of care based on that person’s use of non-valid Internet health information Web sites.
• Explain how you managed the situation and your thoughts on how nurses might address patient or client use of such information sites.
• Share your thoughts on the existence and impact of the digital divide in relation to your nursing-practice experiences. Provide one example to illustrate your thoughts.

Support your ideas or those of others with references from the professional nursing literature.

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