Peter Lucash posted yesterday about “information therapy,” a term that was new to me. So I decided to explore the Center for Information Therapy’s website. The site has a good page for consumers (i.e., your patients) who might want to know what information therapy is and where to find (good) information if it hasn’t been prescribed to them. Physicians might be interested in the Center’s extensive collection of white papers and news articles. The list of supporters and partners is also impressive–it includes such health information stalwarts as WebMD, the Patient Education Institute, and Kaiser Permanente.
In an era when physicians are encouraged to spend ever-decreasing amounts of time with patients, and the Internet is exploding with ever-increasing numbers of health-related websites, the idea of formally prescribing high-quality health education materials seems smart, effective, and humane. I highly recommend the site.