Featured Article| Volume 19, ISSUE 4, 104502, April 2023

Medical Misinformation and Healthy Information Environment: A Call to Action

Published:January 27, 2023DOI:


      • Medical misinformation influences health care outcomes.
      • “Infodemic” during COVID-19 created challenges in pandemic management.
      • Creating a healthy information environment is a health care priority.
      • Nurse practitioners have a vital role in combating medical misinformation.


      Medical misinformation existed even before the digital era. However, with the surge in Internet use, misinformation spreads faster to a broader audience. Easy access to misinformation and the lack of trustworthy resources increase people’s vulnerability to misinformation. As a result, medical misinformation became a global public health threat. The US Surgeon General’s call to create a “healthy information environment” highlights the responsibility to address health-related misinformation and minimize its impact on health care outcomes.


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      Letha Joseph, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, is the Geriatric and Extended Care NP Residency Program Director at Durham VA Healthcare System, Durham, NC, and Vaccine Confidence Advisory member for National Nurse-led Care Consortium, and may be contacted at [email protected]


      Alphonsa Rahman, DNP, CNS, CCRN, is a clinical nurse specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.


      Reenu Varghese, DNP, FNP-C, is a nurse practitioner at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX.