Healthy Living in a Changing Society
Evaluating Health Information on the Internet
ASK YOURSELF THESE
QUESTIONS…
Before accepting any site as the gospel truth,
WHO runs the site?
Good
• .gov, .edu, .org
Use caution
• .com, .net
WHAT is the purpose of the site
Spread information on
health
Money or products
WHAT is the SOURCE of
information on site
Medical and scientific
journals
General magazines
HOW is information
documented?
Uses references and
citations
Opinions and general
facts
HOW is information REVIEWED
before posting?
Peer reviewed No peer review
HOW CURRENT is the
information?
Current copyright dates
and accreditation
notes
Older copyright and/or
no accreditation no...
HOW does site choose LINKS to
other sites
Strict code Easy to link with site
WHAT information about
VISITORS does site collect?
Little or none Must join to access site
HOW does site manage
INTERACTIONS
Well defined policy for
forums and chats
Vague policies and/or
not moderated
CAN ACCURACY in e-mail be
verified?
How can you check authenticity?
IS information in CHAT rooms
accurate?
When in doubt, consult SNOPES or other FACT
CHECKING site
Some reputable health websites
http://www.webmd.com/
http://www.health.gov
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
http://www....
Or check authenticity on HON
http://www.hon.ch/pat.html
Your Health is Important
Know your sources…Research the credentials…Decide with facts
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Finding reliable health information online

  1. 1. Healthy Living in a Changing Society Evaluating Health Information on the Internet
  2. 2. ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS… Before accepting any site as the gospel truth,
  3. 3. WHO runs the site? Good • .gov, .edu, .org Use caution • .com, .net
  4. 4. WHAT is the purpose of the site Spread information on health Money or products
  5. 5. WHAT is the SOURCE of information on site Medical and scientific journals General magazines
  6. 6. HOW is information documented? Uses references and citations Opinions and general facts
  7. 7. HOW is information REVIEWED before posting? Peer reviewed No peer review
  8. 8. HOW CURRENT is the information? Current copyright dates and accreditation notes Older copyright and/or no accreditation notes
  9. 9. HOW does site choose LINKS to other sites Strict code Easy to link with site
  10. 10. WHAT information about VISITORS does site collect? Little or none Must join to access site
  11. 11. HOW does site manage INTERACTIONS Well defined policy for forums and chats Vague policies and/or not moderated
  12. 12. CAN ACCURACY in e-mail be verified? How can you check authenticity?
  13. 13. IS information in CHAT rooms accurate? When in doubt, consult SNOPES or other FACT CHECKING site
  14. 14. Some reputable health websites http://www.webmd.com/ http://www.health.gov http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ http://www.mayoclinic.com/ https://www.kaiserpermanente.org/ http://www.healthnet.org/
  15. 15. Or check authenticity on HON http://www.hon.ch/pat.html
  16. 16. Your Health is Important Know your sources…Research the credentials…Decide with facts
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