- A Database of Adverse Effects Related to the Internet
Much has been written, commented and speculated about the variable
quality of information found on the Internet and the presumed impact
of the Internet on patients. However, very little evidence is available
on how well founded these concerns are.
The DAERI-project is a first attempt to systematically collect
the "evidence" in form of case studies on possible harm
caused by the Internet.
We think it is our duty to collect and assess the evidence, and
to then reach conclusions. We need qualitative data in order to
suggest measurements which may minimize the risks involved in using
the Internet by consumers for health information. This data is also
needed to suggest and conduct detailed systematic and experimental
studies investigating possible problems related to the Internet
and to quantify (investigate the prevalence) possible problems.
The project has been published by the British
Medical Journal in January 2002.