February 12, 1997

Navigating to KnowledgeTools for Finding Information on the Internet

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (Dr Peters; e-mail:; and the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md (Dr Sikorski; e-mail:

JAMA. 1997;277(6):505-506. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540300073045

A physician sees a patient with newly diagnosed HIV infection who has just moved to town. The next day, the patient calls the physician's office to ask about a television news report concerning the use of protease inhibitors in early-stage HIV disease. The physician was unaware of the report and realizes that she is not as up-to-date as she would like to be about the latest recommendations for treatment of HIV disease. The physician also wants to discuss the patient's case with his previous primary care physician, but the patient had seen that clinician for only a short time before moving and does not have the telephone number or address at hand.