Information therapy

Information therapy is the use of information in order to meet patients' needs and assist them in making decisions regarding their health. In their book Information therapy: Prescribed Information as a Reimbursable Medical Service,[1] authors Donald W. Kemper and Molly Mettler defined the term to mean the right information, to the right person, at the right time, to help make better decisions or to improve a health behavior. Healthwise, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by Kemper and Mettler to develop and supply health educational content for the general public, trademarked the symbol "Ix" to represent the term information therapy.

Studies show that this type of therapy can reduce the cost of healthcare by decreasing the use of healthcare resources, [2] and it can improve the knowledge and medical decision making abilities of patients.[3]


  1. ^ Kemper, Donald; Mettler, Molly (2002). Information therapy: Prescribed Information as a Reimbursable Medical Service (First ed.). P.O. 1989, Boise, ID 83701: Healthwise, Incorporated. Retrieved 11 December 2019.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ Mitchell, D. J. (1994). "Toward a definition of Information Therapy". Proc Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care: 71–75. PMC 2247874. PMID 7950018.
  3. ^ Keene, Nikki; Chesser, Amy; Hart, Traci; Twumasi-Ankrah, Philip; Bradham, Douglas (January 2011). "Preliminary Benefits of Information Therapy". Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. 2 (1): 45–48. doi:10.1177/2150131910385005. PMID 23804662.