Internet Filtering Can Hinder Psychiatric Assessment

  • Van Rhoads R
  • Caplan J
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The Internet has provided a multitude of benefits to healthcare organizations and other businesses, primarily via enhanced communication and information-sharing. These advantages have been somewhat tempered by nonbusiness-related applications of the Internet that may leave organizations prone to diminished employee efficiency or vulnerable to legal action if offensive material is accessed in the workplace. In response, the use of Internet filtering software, including its use in hospitals, has become increasingly common. We report a case in which a hospital's use of Internet filtering impeded the appropriate assessment of an 18-year old male patient, and we discuss the use of Internet filtering in hospitals. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Richard Van Rhoads

  • Jason P. Caplan

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