Medical blog analysis fuels call for standards

Organizations should set guidelines for appropriate content, says the author of a study of physician and nurse weblogs.

A new study of medical weblogs says anonymity, negative comments about patients and product promotions often prevail.

The July 23 Journal of General Internal Medicine study of 271 blogs authored by physicians and nurses found that more than 40% of such blogs are published anonymously and describe individual patients.

About one-third contain negative comments about the medical profession, and 18% comment negatively about patients.

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