Posted by Marie1 on September 29, 2001, at 15:14:24
In reply to Re: Washington, DC, and Quality of Information, posted by Dr. Bob on September 28, 2001, at 1:28:47
I have to agree with Cam's point that many people who post and/or lurk at this site don't give much thought at all to "ethics" (as the term relates to the medical profession), unless it's something they've been required to study. I think the ethical atmosphere is ascertained by reading the posts and followups, and judging by the quality of the information (does this person's answer jive with what I've heard before, does this make sense based on what I *do* know?), and I think most people use this forum that way. If something (or someone) sounds off the wall, you tend to discount it. And often, even if the information is totally unknown to you, others who have a better knowledge base on the subject usually jump in to point out inaccuracies. My psychiatrist recommended this site when he learned I was attempting to to self diagnose using the internet. (And I quote: "that's every doctor's worst nightmare" :-)!). I respect his opinion, so that sort of endorsed this site to me. Of course, I only speak for myself, but I think most people don't rely on the information they get here as God's truth, it's more that it helps to clarify what you already know, and and it's usually good to get other opinions. And as far as ethics go, I must add that *yours*, especially regarding "civility" are the most evident here :-).
I hope you enjoy your trip to DC, and remember to duck if you hear a plane flying overhead!
> > You ought to announce all your travel destinations
> Actually, I already do:
> > and get the scoop from locals on where to stay and what to do. For instance, if you ever come here to St. Louis, I would recommend an opulent
> > bed-and-breakfast in a turn-of-the-century mansion that wouldn't cost any more than a boring hotel. Wonderful dining, and it's supposed to be haunted. How cool is that?
> Very cool! Any tips on Washington, DC? Or interest in trying again to get together in person?
> BTW, I'm supposed to say something there about: (1) how aware patients in online support groups are of the various online ethics and quality initiatives, (2) to what extent those initiatives influence their use of online resources, (3) what other methods they use to decide whom to trust, and (4) the ethics of facilitating such groups.
> Any comments on any of the above? (Remember, these are comments I might present.)
> PS: Welcome back! :-)