The Impact of Health Information Digitization on the Physiotherapist-Patient Relationship: A Pilot Study of the Lebanese Community

The Impact of Health Information Digitization on the Physiotherapist-Patient Relationship: A Pilot Study of the Lebanese Community

Therese Al Kareh (Notre Dame University - Louaize, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon) and Mira Thoumy (Notre Dame University - Louaize, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon)
DOI: 10.4018/IJHISI.2018040103

Abstract

The healthcare field presents a high interest for patients who surf the net for pathology definitions, symptoms, treatments and medications mostly before visiting a health practitioner. No matter the quantity of information found on the internet, the quality and credibility of this information is sometimes questionable. It is the first of its kind in the physiotherapy field in general and in Lebanon specifically, aiming to explore the impact of the medical information research on the internet and how it affects the PT-patient relationship, adopting a positivist and deductive approach, based on similar studies conducted in the context of other health care specialties. For this article, the authors sent a questionnaire-based survey that was computerized and analyzed using SPSS program. For H1, 32% of the variation in the PT-patient relationship was caused by seeking health information on the internet, and in H2: 27.2% of the variation in the acceptance of the physiotherapist's medical plan was caused by seeking health information on the internet.
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Background

In April 2001, an order of physiotherapists in Lebanon (OPTL) was established to organize the profession of physiotherapy in Lebanon, thereby preserving the legal and legitimate rights of the physical therapists (PTs) who are allowed to exercise their profession on and across the Lebanese Territory only by being OPTL members and abiding by its by-laws (OPTL, 2016).

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