Why health professionals should speak out against false beliefs on the internet

Joel T. Wu, Jennifer B. McCormick

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

4 Scopus citations

Abstract

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 Code of Medical Ethics, 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1052-1058
Number of pages7
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Why health professionals should speak out against false beliefs on the internet'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this