The Internet and Medicine

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Even if a website is robust and the information from a professional medical database, how reliable is it? Can laypeople understand the jargon and reach sensible conclusions?


Or do they only believe what they want to believe when they find a site that tells them what they want to read? Patients also seek information about their doctors online.


They know who misdiagnosed a child with flu but who later died from meningococcal septicaemia last year, as it was on the web. Professionals have also benefited from this digital revolution.

Family Medicine Patients’ Use of the Internet for Health Information: A MetroNet Study

We can now easily access the latest research and evidence and share it with our colleagues. It lets us learn remotely, especially useful for people working in remote areas or in developing countries. It would be a mistake for the medical profession not to recognize the power of Web communications. Recent political developments in the Middle East emphasize how powerful this communication tool can be. Right or wrong, good or bad, the Internet empowers many.

With these factors in mind, the medical profession should try to educate the public on how to use the Web safely to search for medical information.

Medicine on the Internet

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Web site 1 recommends comparing information on the Web with other sources, checking the credentials of the author or organization presenting the material, being cautious of Web sites that advertise and sell products, and, of course, talking with your physician about information on the Web. Two hundred and one individuals that had undergone either an articular cartilage repair ACR procedure or an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction ACLR completed an online questionnaire based on the Tegner 11 Activity Scale.

A Tegner score of 3 indicates a return to basic activities of daily living, including walking, light work, and low-impact exercise, but no return to competitive sports. This was of great interest to me, having undergone microfractures 18 and 4 years ago with what I thought were pretty good results.

These results are quite telling because most participants in this OHC underwent the procedure to return to sports and exercise. Furthermore, current reports suggest a much higher level of function after ACR.

Are the clinical reports more indicative of the results because the OHC is populated with patients that are not doing well and are searching for answers? Or, is the OHC information more accurate and the published clinical results tainted by publication bias: I am not sure where the truth lies, but I can see the value of Web-based patient-desired information and the probable flaws in the medical scientific literature.

Besides, the Web does feature some approaches that are worth reading, such as this one: National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Journal List Sports Health v.

Internet and Medicine

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons How to find medical information you can trust on the internet. Top 10 reasons to fire your doctor. Activity profile of members of an onlinehealth community after articular cartilage repair of the knee. The use of the Tegner Activity Scale for articular cartilage repair of the knee: Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc.