Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Berland and colleagues1 found that online health information is frequently
geared toward well educated users, with all the English-language Web sites
in their study requiring high school reading levels or higher. These results
are of concern because many patients seek information on the Internet. Chronically
ill patients with lower levels of education may be harmed the most by the
55% of Web sites Berland et al found to be incomplete or inaccurate.
Kalichman SC, Benotsch E, Weinhardt L. Quality of Health Information on the Internet. JAMA. 2001;286(17):2092-2095. doi:10.1001/jama.286.17.2091