Patient experiences with A survey of internal medicine patients

Academic Article


  • In 2004, the American College of Physicians joined with the National Library of Medicine in an effort to help patients find reliable health information free of commercial bias at the Web site The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the site as perceived by patients who were referred to the site by their internist. Materials and Methods: A 27-item questionnaire developed by the American College of Physicians Foundation was distributed between January and May 2005 to a convenience sample of 893 adult patient volunteers attending 34 internal medicine practices across the United States. Results: The questionnaire revealed that although most patients (55%) routinely look up medical information, only 43% had used Of those who had used the site, 95% were satisfied with the information they found there, and 94% said the information they found at would help them make better health decisions. Discussion: Patients who used the site at the recommendation of their physician found it easy to use, informative, and felt it would help them make better health decisions. Directing patients to this high quality, noncommercial, educational resource online may be an important adjunct to patient education efforts by physicians. © 2008 by The American Federation for Medical Research.
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  • Smalligan RD; Campbell EO; Ismail HM
  • Start Page

  • 1019
  • End Page

  • 1022
  • Volume

  • 56
  • Issue

  • 8