Patients and the Internet: guidance for evidence-based choices

J Am Coll Dent. Summer 1999;66(2):46-50.


This paper discusses the uses of the Internet by the public to gather healthcare information. It reviews the types of information available and the pitfalls of random searches. It provides guidance for directed searches and advice for patients and practitioners seeking evidence-based sources. It discusses future directions and the growing responsibilities of professions to stay educated with regard to Internet technology.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Health Education, Dental*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Patient Education as Topic*