The Lancet - Medical misinformation and the internet: a call to arms (2)

9 June, 2019

Dear Neil

The observations and comments made by Dr. Jen Gunter in the latest Lancet journal are spot on. Much of the information posted on the Internet is inaccurate, not authentic, reliable because it is difficulty to verify the source. It is equally true doctors communicate in a language encoded in their own technical way that it would hard for an average person to decide or understand. Another thought is that a good number of medical use paternalistic approach meaning a doctor knows it all. It is common sense that misnformation leads to wrong medication. In view of this, information posted on the net should controlled.

HIFA Profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. Masters degree in Development for Commication, patient advocate.

Email: klchanda AT gmail.com