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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 51-62

The internet and the world wide web: Applications for family physicians in Saudi Arabia


Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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Abdulaziz M Sebiany
P.O. Box 40208, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 23008644

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The introduction of the World Wide Web has revolutionized the applications of the computer and the Internet in the medical field. The Web provides an easy and cost-effective way of retrieving medical information and a more flexible way of communicating with patients and colleagues. Family practice is a specialty in which care is given to persons as individuals and members of families regardless of their age, gender or specific problems. To provide quality family practice, a family physician should be a good communicator, a critical thinker, a resource and information manager, a life-long learner, a care giver and a community advocate. Providing such high quality care requires that family practice be an information-sensitive specialty. However, the expansion of the new electronic resources on the Internet and the Web poses a real challenge to the family physician. Family physician in Saudi Arabia need to have basic skills and knowledge for easily retrieving and finding reliable Internet information for his professional development and the care of his patients. This article addresses the Web applications for family physicians in Saudi Arabia, giving examples of the most important Websites.


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