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November 7, 2001

Quality of Health Information on the Internet

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(17):2092-2095. doi:10.1001/jama.286.17.2091

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.

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