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This section contains links to articles, presentations and information on several of the issues we have determined to be of concern in dealing with the Medical Internet namely using the Internet for Web-education, the emerging field of Medical Internet Ethics, and using the Internet for obtaining Medical Information.

Several papers presented at International conferences about using the Internet for web-education and Journey of Hearts have been included as resources. "Using the Internet for Patient & Physician Web-education and Health Promotion," this first paper was presented at MEDNET '98, the World Congress for the Internet in Medicine in London, England. "Journey of Hearts: From Idea to RealityLeaving Site" was presented at ITCH (Information Technology in Community Health) 2000, International Conference Addressing Information Technology in Community Health in Victoria, BC, Canada. The paper presented at MEDNET '99 in Heidelberg, Germany "Lessons & Insights Learned from Creating a Unique Integrative Medical Website for Web-education" is also included. Additional articles on web-education are included.

This section includes information on a topic of special interest to me, Medical Internet Ethics. "Ethical Challenges of the Medical and Healthcare InternetLeaving Site" is a recent Supercourse lecture. "Ethical Challenges of Medicine and Health on the Internet: A ReviewLeaving Site" was published in 2001 in Journal of Medical Internet Research. A link to the powerpoint presentation "Medical Internet Ethics: A Field in EvolutionLeaving Site" from Medinfo 2001 is provided for the interested. Also includes is a link to the web resource "Medicine, Ethics & Informatics, MINF 528" that I prepared for the Medical Informatics Course, MINF 528, taken in the Spring 2001.

Finally, there are several educational articles about using the Internet to obtain reliable medical information. Of particular concern is the mis-use and mis-representation of medical information found on the Internet. The new article on "Recommendations for Evaluating Online Resources: Advice for Healthcare Consumers" provides some helpful tips and guidelines for using the Internet. The older article by Dr. Markman from the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine on "Cancer information and the Internet: Benefits and Risks" is still important for anyone who is using the Internet as a source of Medical resources, not only those with Cancer. Other older articles include an early commentary on "How the Internet is Changing the Practice of Medicine" and some perspectives on "Cyberspace: The Final Frontier."

Medical Internet Articles

Using the Internet for Web-education
  • Using the Internet for Patient & Physician Web-education and Health Promotion
  • Journey of Hearts: From Idea to Reality Leaving Site
  • Lessons & Insights Learned from Creating a Unique Integrative Medical Website for Web-education
  • Internet Use for Web-education on the Overlooked Areas of Grief and Loss
  • Cyberspace: The Final Frontier The Internet as an Untapped Medium of Medical Web-Education
  • Triad of Medical Web-Education Advantages of Using a Website for Patient Web-Education
  • Using a Website for Patient Web-Education

  • The Internet has the potential to be an excellent resource, providing
    healthcare consumers with information previously unavailable to them.

    Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS

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