Family Physician Web Site Features New Biweekly Column
Familydoctor.org will offer helpful tips on Web-based health information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 31, 2002
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
Author Judi Wolinsky is head of reference services at the Homewood, Ill., public library. She manages the library’s Web site and teaches a class in Internet searching for librarians. Howard Wolinsky was the medical writer for the Chicago Sun-Times for 15 years. In 1994, he began covering the Internet and technology beat for the newspaper.
Familydoctor.org is the Academy’s patient-centered Web site. The site directs viewers to drug information databases and self-care flowcharts. Information is available about who today’s family physicians are and the care they provide. Handouts on health topics important to today’s patient, such as diabetes, hypertension, AIDS and heart attacks, offer helpful information to consumers in an easy-to-read format.
“With so much health information online, it is difficult to discern between what is trusted, reliable information and that which is not beneficial and potentially harmful,” said Michael Springer, AAFP Vice President for Publishing and Communications. “’Web Reviews’ will offer tips and links to other reputable health sites.”
The AAFP also maintains an organizational Web site, aafp.org, which includes information about the organization’s meetings, journal and news articles, press releases, publications and member services.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org.