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e-Patients (also known as Internet Patient, or Internet-savvy Patient) represent the new breed of informed health consumers, using the Internet to gather information about a medical condition of particular interest to them. The term encompasses both those who seek online guidance for their own ailments and the friends and family members (e-Caregivers) who go online on their behalf. e-Patients report two effects of their online health research—"better health information and services, and different (but not always better) relationships with their doctors." Based on the current state of knowledge on the impact of e-Patients on the healthcare system and the quality of care received:
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