“I found it on the internet”: Preparing for the e-patient in Oman

Ken Masters*, Dick Ng’ambi, Gail Todd

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the Information Age, the communication patterns between doctor and patient are changing. Using Everett Rogers’ theory of Diffusion of Innovations, this paper begins by examining the diffusion of the Internet in the world and in Oman. It then considers the emergence of e-patients. The characteristics of e-patients are described in some detail. The paper ends by describing steps that should be taken when teaching medical students in Oman so that they can be prepared for e-patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-179
Number of pages11
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication
  • Innovation diffusion
  • Internet
  • Medical education
  • Oman
  • Physician-patient relationships
  • World Wide Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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