I'm working on a story for NurseWeek magazine involving patients who arm themselves with health information from the Internet. Education is a good thing, of course, but not everything you read on the Web is reliable. Have you met with patients who are misinformed about their conditions, or about particular products or medicines? If so, I'd love to hear from you. In particular, I'd like to know how you responded. Did you "re-educate" the patient yourself? Defer to a physician? Refer the patient to printed material? If you feel like talking, don't respond here but rather contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 9, '03
Yes, I have had patient's come to an appointment with misinformation from the Web. I usually tell to them that I understand how they interpreted the information and applied it to their own situation, but that it doesn't fit their situation and explain why.
Also, I give patients a list of websites that I have checked for reliable health information. I compiled the list by comparing several Websites to an interactive tool available at http://hitiweb.mitretek.org/
After using the tool I felt confident that the sites I recommend contain reliable information
Last edit by disher on May 10, '03