Robyn and Stephen Elliott's recent and prescient commentary on the legal and clinical issues raised by physician communication on the Internet outlines the novel challenges represented by "listserver" dissemination of medical information.1 The Elliotts examined the reliability of such non-peer-reviewed information, its potential evidentiary weight in defense of a particular clinical decision, and the growing tendency of attorneys to request relevant electronic mail messages during pretrial discovery. The fact that messages posted on listservers may form the basis for clinical decisions raises another intriguing question: Does the rendering of a clinical opinion in response to a listserver query represent legal risk?
- Received April 15, 1996.
- Accepted May 24, 1996.
- Copyright © 1996 by the American Academy of Pediatrics