Computers in Patient Education

Deborah Lewis, EdD, RN, MPH


Comput Inform Nurs. 2003;21(2) 

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Two primary healthcare database resources, MEDLINE and CINAHL, were selected for review of the current literature. A listing of articles related to the use of computer technology in patient education was obtained from both of these databases. The search strategy included exploding the subject heading terms 'computer' and 'patient education' and the specific heading 'patient education.' The results from these searches were combined to identify relevant literature in the area of patient education, computers, and computer technology. The common key words identified were 'patient education,' 'consumer health information,' 'patient informatics,' 'health promotion,' 'computers,' 'computer-assisted instruction,' 'computer technology,' 'computer education,' 'multimedia,' 'technology,' 'software,' 'World Wide Web,' and 'Internet'. In addition, related journals, including Computers in Nursing, Patient Education and Counseling , and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, were reviewed to reduce underascertainment. A reexamination and a cross checking of the bibliographies of relevant articles also were performed. The initial results comprised 101 titles and included articles from 1971 to 2001.


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