More-informed patients often do better, and doctors can help make patients better informed by supplying reliable Internet sites.
Researchers at University of Iowa tested out the benefits of what they call an "Internet prescription", or a list of web addresses containing information relevant to patients medical conditions. In the study, patients and their families that received such information were more likely to use the Internet to find health information than patients that were not. Patients studied had Internet access; half of the patients, chosen at random, were given Information prescriptions and half were not.
The study appeared in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
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