The Internet and Health in Brazil

Challenges and Trends

  • André Pereira Neto
  • Matthew B. Flynn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. André Pereira Neto, Matthew B. Flynn
    Pages 1-11
  3. The Emergence and Development of the Internet in Brazil

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Wilson Couto Borges, Estélio Gomberg, Vânia Coutinho Q. Borges
      Pages 47-64
    3. Claudio Luis de Camargo Penteado, Marcelo Burgos Pimentel dos Santos, Rafael de Paula Aguiar Araújo
      Pages 65-84
  4. Internet Audience and Health in Brazil

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. André Pereira Neto, Julyane Felipette Lima, Leticia Barbosa, Eda Schwartz
      Pages 87-111
    3. André Pereira Neto, Leticia Barbosa, Larissa Barão, Stephanie Muci
      Pages 113-140
    4. Wilson José Alves Pedro, Márcia Niituma Ogata, Heloísa Cristina Figueiredo Frizzo, Ariadne Chloe Furnival, Brunela Della Maggiori Orlandi
      Pages 141-161
  5. Internet and Health Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Evelyn Eisenstein, Eduardo Jorge Custódio da Silva
      Pages 211-224
    3. André Pereira Neto, Leticia Barbosa
      Pages 225-249
    4. Matthew B. Flynn, Tiago Coutinho, Vera Lucia Luiza
      Pages 251-271
  6. Internet and Health Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Elizabeth Moreira dos Santos, Gisela Cardoso, Dolores Abreu
      Pages 275-295
    3. Liara Saldanha Brites, Cristianne Maria Famer Rocha
      Pages 297-311
    4. Ana Valéria M. Mendonça, Elizabeth Alves de Jesus Prado, Natália Fernandes Andrade, Donizete Moreira, João Paulo Fernandes da Silva, Maria Fátima de Sousa
      Pages 331-343
  7. Practical Applications of Digital Health Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Thiago Augusto Hernandes Rocha, Nubia Cristina da Silva, Allan Claudius Queiroz Barbosa, Cyrus Elahi, João Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci
      Pages 347-367
    3. André Pereira Neto, Celita Almeida Rosário, Zélia Andrade, Lise Renaud
      Pages 369-393
    4. Marcelo Simão de Vasconcellos, Flávia Garcia de Carvalho, Inesita Soares de Araujo
      Pages 395-413
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 451-459

About this book


The popularization of the Internet, due in larger part to the advent of multifunctional cell phones, poses new challenges for health professionals, patients, and caregivers as well as creates new possibilities for all of us. This comprehensive volume analyzes how this social phenomenon is transforming long-established healthcare practices and perceptions in a country with one of the highest numbers of Internet users: Brazil.

After an opening text that analyzes the Internet and E-Health Care as a field of study, the book comprises six parts. The first part introduces the emergence and development of the internet in Brazil, its pioneering experience in internet governance, digital inclusion, and online citizen participation. The second part is dedicated to internet health audiences by analyzing the cases of patients, the young, and the elderly seeking and sharing health information online, especially in virtual communities. The third part is dedicated to the challenges that the expansion of the internet in healthcare poses to all of us, such as the evaluation of the quality of health information available online and the prevention of the risks involved with online sales, cyberbullying, and consumption of prescription medicines. The fourth presents some innovative e-learning experiences carried out with different groups in Brazil, while the fifth part analyses some practical applications involving the Internet and health, including studies on M-Health, the Internet of things, serious games and the use of new information and communication technologies in health promotion. The last chapter analyses the future of healthcare in the Internet Age.

The authors establish a critical and creative debate with international scholarship on the subject. This book is written in a direct and comprehensible way for professionals, researchers, students of communication and health, as well as for stakeholders and others interested in better understanding the trends and the different challenges related to the social phenomenon of the internet in health.


mHealth eHealth Digital health Internet and healthcare Internet in Brazil Expert patient Telemedicine Health information on the web Health e-learning Health and social media Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet Digital natives Health communication Internet and medicines Games and health Internet of things and health

Editors and affiliations

  • André Pereira Neto
    • 1
  • Matthew B. Flynn
    • 2
  1. 1.National School of Public HealthOswaldo Cruz FoundationRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Political Science and International Studies & Department of Sociology and AnthropologyGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA

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