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Rating information on the internet can empower users to make informed decisions

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 07 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:385
  1. Gunther Eysenbach, researcher (
  1. University of Heidelberg, Department of Clinical Social Medicine, Unit for Cybermedicine, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

    EDITOR—Last year Diepgen and I proposed rating information on the internet with a standard vocabulary of machine-readable metadata.1 In his comment on our paper Whatling incorrectly implied that we intend to “dismiss the input of non-medical readers.”2 This is a misunderstanding—we merely aim to empower users to make informed decisions.

    I would not call the efforts of physicians to evaluate information on the internet “arrogant.” Using that argument, it would be arrogant for peer reviewers for scientific journals to assess …

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