Open AccessWhy Health Professionals Should Speak Out Against False Beliefs on the InternetOpen Access
Joel T. Wu,
Jennifer B. McCormick
ama journal of ethics
PublisherAmerican Medical Association
Broad dissemination and consumption of false or misleading health information, amplified by the internet, poses risks to public health and problems for both the health care enterprise and the government. In this article, we review government power for, and constitutional limits on, regulating health-related speech, particularly on the internet. We suggest that government regulation can only partially address false or misleading health information dissemination. Drawing on the American Medical Association's , we argue that health care professionals have responsibilities to convey truthful information to patients, peers, and communities. Finally, we suggest that all health care professionals have essential roles in helping patients and fellow citizens obtain reliable, evidence-based health information.
Subject(s)business , computer science , ethical code , government (linguistics) , health care , health information , health policy , health professionals , internet privacy , law , linguistics , medicine , nursing , philosophy , physics , political science , power (physics) , psychology , public health , public relations , quantum mechanics , the internet , world wide web
SCImago Journal Rank0.471
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