Blogs detailing medical experiences increase, but experts urge caution

05/4/2005 | Wall Street Journal, The

Web logs, also known as blogs, are emerging as significant new forums for health care consumers, allowing Web-savvy patients to chronicle their experiences with conditions ranging from childbirth to Alzheimer's disease. Some hospitals and organizations are backing the blogs and even helping patients set them up, but because patients aren't experts in the field, medical experts are cautious about the use of blogs and warn one patient's experience may not represent what is typical.

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