Empire and the 'Internet Prescription': Influences that Motivate General Practitioners to Recommend Health Websites to the Health Consumer
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The primary aim of this research is concerned with uncovering the influences which, directly or indirectly, motivate Gold Coast General Practitioners (GPs) to recommend particular health websites to the health consumer. To date, there has been little research examining the motives and influences which encourage the practice of health website recommendation, or more commonly referred to as an 'Internet prescription', by GPs. To provide a theoretical framework, this study will draw upon the work of Hardt and Negri (2000) to critically examine the influences that motivate GPs to recommend health websites. Hardt and Negri's (2000) global conceptualisation, known as EMPIRE, will give meaning to the increasing access and use of health websites and attempts to control such cyber environments. EMPIRE is a new global order and a form of sovereignty which operates over the global political economy that has succeeded imperialism and the nation state.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Education and Professional Studies
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General practitioners (GPs)