The Internet and the oral healthcare professionals: potential and challenges of a new era
The Internet is increasingly used as a means of continuous education for healthcare practitioners. At the same time, a rapidly growing number of patients rely on the Internet for the search and acquisition of healthcare-related information and services. This fact has introduced new challenges for the oral healthcare personnel, which must not only often face the misperceptions of ill-informed patients but also be able to redirect them to quality sources of healthcare-related information. Consequently, there is a great need for the whole oral healthcare team to further understand the potential and dangers of Internet-based information. The present paper aimed to briefly discuss the major implications of Internet use from two distinct points of view: * (a) potential and risks of Internet use for lifelong learning and quality assessment of the oral healthcare team and * (b) potential and dangers from the Internet as a means of patients' education. In particular this paper will review strategies of * (1) generic Internet search; * (2) search within healthcare-related databases; and * (3) principles quality assessment of information and resources.
International Journal of Dental Hygiene
Dentistry not elsewhere classified