The Digital Divide: What Can Physicians Do to Bridge the Gap?


The Digital Divide: What Can Physicians Do to Bridge the Gap?


This 5-minute video explores and explains the impact of the problem surrounding the inability of certain groups to access health information on the Internet, and provides physicians with strategies for recognizing and addressing the problem with their patients.

This video includes topics such as:

  • The Internet explosion
  • Pew Internet use survey results
  • How consumerism has changed the doctor-patient relationship
  • Patients’ inability and reluctance to use the Internet as a resource
  • Definition of Digital Divide
  • Barriers to access
    • Connectivity
    • Availability
    • Accessibility of information
  • Who is affected?
  • Increasing Internet usage
  • Factors in the Digital Divide
  • Relevance for physicians
  • What physicians can do
    • Alternative approaches


American Medical Association

Funding Sources:

American Medical Association


Release Date: 2007
Original Summary: May 2007
Last Updated: 04/25/08

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