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August 27, 1997

Quality of Medical Information on the Internet-Reply

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association

JAMA. 1997;278(8):632-633. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550080042026

To the Editor.  —We are pleased to see that Mr Mack is among the increasing number of medical content developers who recognize that the promulgation and application of quality criteria for health and medical information on the Internet can benefit both producers and consumers of such information. We also agree with Ms Strauss that providing credible, relevant, and useful educational information is a significant component of the physician's imperative to deliver the highest-quality health care to patients. We hope that the widespread adoption of quality criteria like those we propose, and heightened awareness of them, will lead more physicians to include medical sites on the Internet among the resources they offer patients. We believe this approach will make the important educational component of the patient-physician relationship that much more valuable.We also note a number of developments that have occurred in this area since our Editorial was published. The International Committee of Medical