Barbara Thomas, RN, EdD, is a Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Windsor. She teaches courses in health promotion and women's health issues. Her research interests are the areas of health promotion, women's health (including breast health), and program evaluation.Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Windsor. She teaches in the areas of community and family health, health promotion, and informatics. Her research interests are in patient and health education.Kathryn Lafreniere, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Psychology Department, University of Windsor. She teaches health psychology and community psychology. Her research interests are in the area of women's health issues.Richard Dumala, MA, is a Senior Computing Consultant, Information Technology Services, University of Windsor. He is responsible for the university's WebPage and provides support to a variety of university areas related to computing needs and innovative uses of WebPages. He also is the editor of the university's computing newsletter.
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This article outlines the methodology of using the Internet to survey an international population of women about their perceptions of breast health education and screening. Issues to consider in planning and implementing the research project by Internet are presented. A large population of women from North America and elsewhere was reached through the establishment of a website with linkages to other sites frequented by women. Women who visited the website were asked to complete a questionnaire. Anonymity was guaranteed and simple instructions were provided at the site. Benefits, limitations, and tips for success in using the Internet as a research tool are presented. These investigators found the Internet to be an appropriate medium for health-related research that also garnered national and international media interest. The address for this website is http://www.uwindsor.ca/breast.study/quest.htm.