Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: It would have been informative
if Dr Baker and colleagues1 had stratified
their sample by those with chronic health conditions. Such an analysis may
have found different rates based on the absence or type of chronic health
condition. Indeed, the authors found significant odds ratios for Internet
health information use only for those in the category of "fair/poor" but not
in the category of "good" self-reported health status. Baker et al discussed
the potential effects of the Internet on health care use.
Fogel J. Use of the Internet for Health Information and CommunicationUse of the Internet for Health Information and Communication. JAMA. 2003;290(17):2255. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2255-a