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Accessing and Evaluating the Internet for Patient and Family Education

Cutilli, Carolyn Crane

Patient EducationCorner

In the last decade, the Internet has become a vast resource for healthcare information. Multiple Web sites, produced by the federal government, healthcare institutions, and individual healthcare providers, give Americans a wealth of useful information sources. Nurses recognize that more Americans than ever before are using the Internet and that nurses are in an excellent position to help patients learn how to search for healthcare topics and evaluate the information found. This article will focus on seeking information, judging the quality of the information, and listing specific Web sites.

Carolyn Crane Cutilli, MSN, RN, ONC, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

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