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How to search for reliable health information on the Internet

How to search for reliable health information on the Internet






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    How to search for reliable health information on the Internet How to search for reliable health information on the Internet Presentation Transcript

    • A guide for the novice searcher Latrina Keith, MLS
    • There’s a tremendous amount of healthinformation on the Internet, but … Where do you search? How do you search? How do you decide if what you found is good, quality information?
    • Where do you search?Use a search engine (e.g. Google, Ask.com, Yahoo)Use reliable consumer health Web sites (e.g. MEDLINEplus, NOAH: New York Online Access to Health)
    • How do you search? Think and decide what your search topic will be Think about using different key words with similar meanings when searching (e.g. women, females) Use quotes with search phrases to narrow search results (e.g. “breast cancer”) Click on the “HELP” section of the search engine for more information
    • What to look for in a Web page todetermine what is quality information? Who wrote it? Look for the author and/or organization sponsoring the page Where is the author/organization located? Look for a mailing address, phone number, or e-mail address (contact information is usually found at the bottom of the page) When was the page last updated? Check for the date the Web page was last modified (this is usually found at the bottom of the page)
    • Examples of good sources ofreliable health informationGovernment Resources MEDLINEplus http://medlineplus.gov NYC Children with Special Health Care Needs http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/phc/phc.html PubMed http://www.pubmed.gov
    • Non-profit organizationsKidsHealthhttp://www.kidshealth.orgAmerican Academy of Family Physicianshttp://familydoctor.orgAmerican Diabetes Associationhttp://www.diabetes.org
    • Libraries and other educationalinstitutionsThe New York Academy of Medicine Libraryhttp://www.nyam.org/libraryThe New York Public Libraryhttp://www.nypl.orgBrooklyn Public Libraryhttp://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.orgQueens Borough Public Libraryhttp://www.queenslibrary.org
    • To Conclude This is only a sample of the many health information resources available on the Internet. While consumers have access to information which can educate them on proper health care, it is never a substitute for consultation and diagnosis by a qualified physician.
    • Questions? Contact: Latrina Keith e-mail: lkeith@nyam.org
    • Thank You