Rx: WebIP (Nick Jr Family Magazine)

June 1, 2006 by sa4fa@virginia.edu

Web-based Information Prescriptions (WebIPs) are prescriptions doctors write directing parents to reliable Web sites that address a specific diagnosis, says research Lee M. Ritterband, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. By requesting a WebIP from their child’s doctor, parents avoid misinformation on other sites, and can learn more about their child’s health issues and help take part in his healthcare. A pediatrician or specialist can direct you to a reputable Web site with details about your child’s condition. For general medical information, Ritterband recommends sites such as those for the American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org), MedlinePlue, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (medlineplus.gov), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (familydoctor.org).