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October 21, 1998

Accessing the Internet for Patient Information About Orthopedics

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(15):1309. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-15-jbk1021

To the Editor.—Patients want information about their medical condition from their physician, and it is not uncommon for patients to present at clinics with printed information obtained from the Internet.1,2 There are few reports about the accessibility of patient information on the Internet for those who want to improve their knowledge of their medical condition. We conducted a descriptive study to explore the accessibility and volume of orthopedic patient information on the Internet using nonmedical terms. Our aim was to categorize the information a patient would get when searching the Internet about his/her medical condition.