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On-line Resources for Pediatricians

S. Andrew Spooner, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149(10):1160-1168. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1995.02170230114018.
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Background:  Medical information is increasingly available on computer networks.

Objectives:  To familiarize the pediatrician with some of the terms associated with these on-line resources, and to describe what is available via the Internet and dial-up computer bulletin boards.

Data Sources:  Information for this article was taken from publicly available on-line services and Internet servers.

Data Extraction:  Only resources relevant to pediatric practice were included.

Data Synthesis:  Medical information on the Internet is in a state of evolution. Useful resources for pediatricians are sparse but expanding rapidly.

Conclusions:  Pediatricians may use on-line computer networks to communicate. Familiarity with computer networks will become more important to pediatricians as electronic medical records, on-line medical literature, and telemedicine (the practice of medicine over long distances) become more common. Medical libraries and commercial on-line services are good places to begin to investigate the availability of medical information over computer networks.(Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149:1160-1168)


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