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November 5, 2003

Use of the Internet for Health Information and CommunicationUse of the Internet for Health Information and Communication

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(17):2255. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2255-a

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.

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