Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 121–125 | Cite as

The Internet doctor and medical ethics Ethical implications of the introduction of the Internet into medical encounters

  • Göran Collste
Article

Abstract

In this article, consultation via the Internet and the use of the Internet as a source of medical information is examined from an ethical point of view. It is argued that important ethical aspects of the clinical interaction, such as dialogue and trust will be difficult to realise in an Internet-consultation. Further, it is doubtful whether an Internet doctor will accept responsibility. However, medical information via the Internet can be a valuable resource for patients wanting to know more about their disease and, thus, it is a means to enhancing their autonomy.

computer ethics e-medicine ethics medical ethics medical informatics 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Beauchamp, T.L. and J.F. Childress: 1989, Principles of Biomedical Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Buber, M.: 1923, Ich und Du. Leipzig, Insel.Google Scholar
  3. Engelhardt, T.: 1986, The Foundations of Bioethics. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Garpenby, P. and M. Husberg: 2000, Hälsoinformation idag och imorgon. CMT Rapport 2000: 3, Linköpings universitet, Linköping (unpublished).Google Scholar
  5. Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct. http://www. hon.ch/HONcode/Conduct.htmlGoogle Scholar
  6. Lucas, J.R.: 1995, Responsibility. Oxford: Clarendon Press.Google Scholar
  7. McMullin, E.: 1983, 'Introduction', The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 8, 2–4.Google Scholar
  8. Parker, M. and J.A. Muir Gray: 2001, 'What is the Role of Clinical Ethics Support in the Era of E-Medicine?', Journal of Medical Ethics 27(suppl I:i), 33–35.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Pellegrino, E.D. and D.C. Thomasma: 1981, A Philosophical Basis of Medical Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  10. Ramsey, P.: 1970, The Patient as Person. Explorations in Medical Ethics. New Haven: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
  11. Reiser, S.: 1978, Medicine and the Reign of Technology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Silberg, W.M., G.D. Lundberg and R.A. Musacchio: 1997, 'Assessing, Controlling, and Assuring the Quality of Medical Information on the Internet', Journal of American Medical Association 277, 1244–1245.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Göran Collste
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Applied EthicsLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

Personalised recommendations