December 2002 Bulletin

Physician Internet use steadily rising tools available to AAOS members

By Nancy Fehr

Almost half of all physicians say the World Wide Web has a major impact on the way they practice medicine. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), the Internet’s rising influence on clinical medicine has propelled an increase in the frequency and duration of Web use among the 78 percent of physicians who now make use of cyberspace.

The "2002 AMA Study on Physicians’ Use of the World Wide Web" surveyed 977 U.S. physicians from August to December 2001 and is the AMA’s fourth analysis of nationwide patterns of online physicians. Among the findings:

Internet-based patient education tools benefit AAOS members

As an AAOS member, you can leverage the power of the Internet to benefit your medical practice and provide orthopaedic information to patients. Learn about how you can use the Academy’s Internet-based patient education tools at the AAOS Resource Center at the 2003 Annual Meeting. Academy resources for members include:

Your Orthopaedic Connection records busiest month ever

Orthopaedists’ use of AAOS Internet-based patient education tools is helping connect a growing number of people with reliable and comprehensive musculoskeletal information available on Your Orthopaedic Connection. The patient education Web site has been accessed more than 7 million times since it began, including a record 499,146 page views in September 2002.

Nancy Fehr is a staff writer in the communications department with responsibility for developing content and promoting Your Orthopaedic Connection.

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