Internet use by hospice families and providers: a review

J Med Syst. 2007 Apr;31(2):97-101. doi: 10.1007/s10916-006-9033-0.


This literature review explores the current evidence related to use of the Internet by hospice patients or families and palliative care/hospice professionals. The research questions guiding this study pertain to the current Internet-based interventions in hospice and palliative care and the evidence of their effectiveness. Six studies were identified as a result of an extensive literature review. These studies included research about web-based clinical interventions for patients, and patients', caregivers' and hospice/palliative care providers' use of the Internet. The majority of interventions involve accessing information via the Internet. Participants among the studies included patients, caregivers/family members, and health care professionals. Findings overall indicate effectiveness of Internet-based interventions. Both patients and professionals are using the Internet to find answers to healthcare questions, communicate, and/or deliver healthcare interventions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Family*
  • Hospice Care / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Palliative Care / organization & administration
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Telemedicine / methods