DAERI - 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.

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