As the technologies for health management develop, it becomes more important to explore the health management behavior of computer-connected patients. This chapter aims to serve this purpose by discussing the background and current state of knowledge about how usage of the Internet technology affects individuals’ self health care management behavior. The chapter discusses the health care management behaviors of cyber patients in three subsections: (1) cyber empowerment in e-patient networks (2) digitally connected cyber seniors and (3) concerns around cyber health care management, including implications for medical encounters and online information quality.
Gul Seckin, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, has contributed a chapter to the Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior, three new volumes that aim to synthesize the scientific knowledge of cyber behavior across a wide range of disciplines, from medicine and business to the social sciences. Seckin’s chapter is titled “Cyber Behaviors of Self Health-Care Management.” She writes: