Doctors, patients, web surfing, web stalking

Susannah Fox at Pew Internet & American Life reflects on a recent JAMA commentary, “Web Surfing for information about physicians.” (JAMA 2008;300(2):213-215.)  Much of the article urging people to monitor and manage the information available about them online, she notes, could apply to any profession. However, the authors of this piece, from the Departments of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, go further to cite the dangers of being stalked by clingy, mentally disordered patients who find it easy to anonymously locate personal information using web search engines.

Read the Pew Internet post: Doctors’ digital footprints, published July 18.


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