How To Properly Consume Health Information On The Internet
Have you ever been sucked into the nerve-wracking “why does my head hurt?” web search? These kind of internet searches can often lead a simple headache into a seemingly deadly disease. Here are a few tips the next time you want to check out your symptoms before potentially heading to the doctor’s office.
The best way to determine if the information that you are looking at is reputable and accurate is to check out the website and ask yourself these questions.
- Who runs or created the site?
- When was the information written or reviewed?
- Where does the information come from?
- Why does the site exist? Is it selling something?
- What is the site promising or offering?
Some general rules of thumb include:
- Government health services sites tend to be reliable
- Many “.org” sites such as the American Cancer Society
- Other sites that would provide reliable information would be reputable medical schools such as, Harvard Medical School, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, etc.
For further help finding a site, use this website to lead you to reputable and informative websites.
In the future, when you start to feel unwell and do not want to be lead astray by misinformation, use these tips to help you on your path to proper consumption of health information on the internet!