The Importance of Clinicians and Community Members Receiving Timely and Accurate Information about Waterborne Hazards

AMA J Ethics. 2017 Oct 1;19(10):1011-1017. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.10.stas1-1710.


It is important for clinicians and community members to receive up-to-date information about the microbiological and elemental composition of local water supplies. Clinicians play an important role in helping their patients to interpret water quality data and understand the potential impact of water quality on their health. Expanding the medical school curriculum to include environmental health, public health, and health disparities-including disparities related to environmental quality and waterborne hazards-is key to clinicians' fulfilling this role.

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information
  • Consumer Health Information*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical
  • Environmental Health* / education
  • Health Equity
  • Humans
  • Physicians*
  • Professional Role*
  • Public Health* / education
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Water
  • Water Microbiology
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical
  • Water Pollution*
  • Water Quality
  • Water Supply


  • Water Pollutants, Chemical
  • Water