ArticlesThe Discursive Field of Web-Based Health Research Implications for Nursing Research in CyberspaceCotton, Antoinette H. PhD, MA, MHPEd, BA, RNAuthor Information From the School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, Australia. Corresponding author: Antoinette H. Cotton, PhD, MA, MHPEd, BA, RN, PO Box 43, Katoomba, NSW 2780, Australia (e-mail: [email protected]). Advances in Nursing Science: October 2003 - Volume 26 - Issue 4 - p 307-319 Buy Abstract Web-based health research is a relatively new phenomenon. Its definition and conceptualization differs markedly as it is deployed within and across a complex array of discourses, with serious implications for nursing research and knowledge development. Web-based health research offers nurse researchers unique and abundant opportunities to provide leadership in the development and conduct of diverse modes of online health research. To appropriately avail themselves of such opportunities, however, nurse researchers must first address the significant ontological, epistemological, methodological, ethical, legal, and professional issues and concerns that nursing research in cyberspace raises. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.