Library Grand Rounds [Archives]
Guiding your Patients to Reliable Health
An estimated 22 million U.S. adults went online in 1998 to find health
information. Almost 1.5 million people visited just one site, drkoop.com, in
May 1999. But with all of that interest in consumer-oriented health
information, what kind of information are they finding? A study of 371 Web
sites about Ewing's sarcoma concluded that 6% of the sites offered "clearly
erroneous" information and that at least one third of the sites were not peer
reviewed. (Biermann JS. Golladay GJ. Greenfield ML. Baker LH, "Evaluation of
cancer information on the Internet." Cancer 86 (3):381-90, 1999 Aug 1).
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