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February 12, 1992

Adult Health Advisor

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Md

JAMA. 1992;267(6):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480060117049

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Adult Health Advisor is a software package designed to aid the clinician in producing patient educational literature. It can be used to generate documents on more than 350 adult health topics ranging from abdominal aortic aneurysmectomy to yeast infection.

The program includes approximately 40% medical and 30% surgical topics; the remaining 30% is divided among preventive, diagnostic, and specialty-oriented materials. Information is conveyed with a question-and-answer format, written for the lay public without excessive technical language.

The broad array of subjects in the database is easily navigated through a menu-driven index. The categories are extensively cross-referenced, and the software permits the user to add additional references. Although easy to install, the system does require a hard drive with a minimum 1 megabyte of hard disk space and 256K of RAM. The program includes on-line help screens. The user's manual is well written and includes a toll-free telephone number for further