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Reliability of health and medical information on the internet

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Reliability of health and medical information on the internet

  1. 1. “HOW CAN CONSUMERS VERIFY THE RELIABILITYOF HEALTH AND MEDICAL By Eilís CaseyINFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET?”
  2. 2. SYMPTOM CHECKERS Mayo Clinic WebMDwww.mayoclinic.com/health/symptom- http://symptoms.webmd.com/#./introViewchecker/DS00671
  3. 3. HEALTH ON THE NET FOUNDATIONhttp://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Patients/Visitor/visitor.html
  4. 4. SCIENCE-BASED MEDICINEhttp://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/reliability-of-health-information-on-the-web/
  5. 5. SBM ON THE HON RATING“…rates health care sites on a number of criteria. These includeassessment of how authoritative the sources are, the level oftransparency, and if opinions expressed are justified with evidenceand references. While generally reasonable , the HON assessmentdoes not necessarily involve a thorough assessment of the quality ofthe science on a given website , and many sites with what I wouldconsider dubious information have earned the HON seal of approval .” Reliability of Health Information on the Web Published by Steven Novella. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/reliability-of-health- information-on-the-web/
  6. 6. HON CATEGORIES Non-profit Academic Individually Run Commercial
  7. 7. SBM’S VIEW ON WEB MD “...”commercial” a l s o r e f e r s to s i te s t h a t monetize c o n te n t – n o t necessarily selling products, but simply p r ov i d i n g c o n te n t a s t h e i r product in order to s e l l advertising. This i n c l u d e s s i te s such as We b M D . ”http://www.webmd.com/
  8. 8. PROS OF SELF DIAGNOSIS Learn more about yourself and how your body functions Inexpensive Helps you discuss your condition with your doctor (may also hinder if on wrong track) Can relieve stress Quick information
  9. 9. CONS OF SELF DIAGNOSIS Creates stress Websites run on simple database Failure to detect a serious illness which causes general symptoms which could have multiple causes e.g.. fever Suggestions of an extremely serious disease that you don’t have
  10. 10. EMBARRASSING BODIES http://www.channel4embarrassingillnesses.com/
  11. 11. EMBARRASSING BODIES T.V Show Popular Medical Professionals Deal with common problems Speak directly to the public Video appointments
  12. 12. EMBARRASSING BODIES Picture Gallery My Health CheckerSmart Phone App
  13. 13. HOW TO CHECK WEBSITES (1) Look for Sites from Established Institutions Look for Sites With Expertise
  14. 14. HOW TO CHECK WEBSITES (2) Steer Clear of Commercial Sites Beware Bias
  15. 15. HOW TO CHECK WEBSITES (3) Check the Date Look at the Sites Layout
  16. 16. HOW TO CHECK WEBSITES (4) Avoid Anonymous Authors Check the Links
  17. 17. BCMhttp://www.bcm.edu/
  18. 18. UNRELIABLE WEBSITES http://www.bioedonline.org/news/news.cfm?art=1200
  19. 19. CONCLUSION Be aware Research Don’t be stressed Seek advice
  20. 20. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

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