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The first generation of e-patients

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7449.1148 (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1148

E-literate patient or not?

I agree with the authors about the various 'types' of
e-patients. From current practice, two types of patients
emerge: those e-literate and those who dont have access to
a computer and/or if they did, would not have the
necessary resources to conduct a search. The other
a-priori about e-literate patients one should beware of is
that they are able to critically appraise or fully
understand the information on the screen.

Simply put, the pc has now become the item that
dichotomises the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 May 2004
L Duvika Mewasingh
Paediatric Neurologist
Children's Univ Hospital, Brussels