AMA Information Blackout

 

AMA INFORMATION BLACKOUT

The American Medical Association (AMA) is complaining that too many Americans are getting health-related information from the Internet. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims the information is “incomplete,” and that 70 percent of Americans use it to help make health decisions.

Where would the AMA prefer we get our information? During the average office visit in which a physician spends 7 minutes with a patient? It’s impossible to get all the information we need in that time.

We’re fortunate to have the Internet and information services like Health Sciences Institute to provide us with information we can’t get through the AMA or other “approved” sources.

Life-and-death decisions should be based on as much information as we can getnot on a 7-minute office visit.

Sources:
Houston Chronicle, May 23, 2001: Health news tangled on Web, doctors say
drkoop.com/aboutus/media/media_reports/industrystandard.html