Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Baker and colleagues1 did not assess whether adults seek health information
on the Internet to learn more about their children's health. Had this been
asked, the percentages may have been higher and perhaps more consistent with
prior reports of Internet use for health information. Previous estimates in
the literature may have been higher because of the specific question posed
as well as how it is asked. For instance, the question "In the past year,
about how often did you look on the Internet for information or advice about
health or health care?" could be interpreted to refer only to one's own health
or to the health of one's children.
Kind T, Lawrence, Jr WW. 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