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SETTING THE STANDARDS FOR NET INFO

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association recommends that medical information on the Internet follow four standards.

They are:

1) Authorship. Authors' and contributors' names should be provided, along with their affiliations and relevant credentials.

2) Attribution. References should be listed.

3) Disclosure. Web site ownership should be prominently disclosed. So, too, should sponsorship, advertising, underwriting, commercial funding arrangements or support, or potential conflicts of interest.

4) Currency. All information should be dated.

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