The Internet for neurosurgeons: current resources and future challenges

Mark A Hughes, Paul M Brennan

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Abstract

Our professional and personal lives depend increasingly on access to information via the Internet. As an open access resource, the Internet is on the whole unbridled by censorship and can facilitate the rapid propagation of ideas and discoveries. At the same time, this liberty in sharing information, being unregulated and often free from external validation, can be oppressive; overloading the user and hindering effective decision-making. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to reliably ascertain the provenance of data and opinion. We must, therefore, discern what is useful, relevant, and above all reliable if we are to harness the Internet's potential to improve training, delivery of care, research, and provision of patient information. This article profiles the resources currently available to neurosurgeons, asks how we can sort the informational wheat from the chaff, and explores where future developments might further influence neurosurgical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-51
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Neurosurgery
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Internet
  • Neurosurgery
  • Peer Review, Research

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