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Editor's Note
July 22, 2013

Patient EducationOne Size Does Not Fit All

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(14):1376. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.7402

There is tremendous enthusiasm for web-based educational tools, particularly as more patients seek health information through the Internet. However, as Kakkar and Jacobson describe in this issue, there is a gap between the interest in web-based educational tools and real-world usage—only 6% of patients in the study viewed the online material. Their results are consistent with other studies showing low viewing rates of web-based interventions. Therefore, although web-based tools are an important avenue for patient education, this study highlights that even well-designed tools will not be effective if they are not used.

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