SO…• What do we believe?• How many pages of search results do we go through?
USING INTERNET RESOURCESRequires a very structured approach
STRUCTURED APPROACHLearn:• “About” resources• How to search correctly and/or consult librarians / specialists• How to understand research results and consult health professionals • Accept limitations of research results and methods and make correct personal decisions
ABOUT RESOURCESFirst – Authenticity• Who is responsible for the website / resource?• Is it updated regularly / is the information current?• Purpose of the site - is there scope for bias?• Site organization – is it easy to find what you need
EVALUATING…“About Us”• PABH: Doctors & Cardiologists; mission – to educate public; contact details provided• IHH: “Select group of individuals and businesses concerned with heart health. – Site supported by a company that produces vitamins and other medications – Link for buying medicines – Contact details – only “webmaster”
ABOUT RESOURCESCategorize them… and understand where to go
THREE CATEGORIESMedical Information Resources – three main categories• Background information / Factual information• Results of all “reported research” – What works – What does not work – We don’t know yet• Reported research – In labs – On people • (Large studies)
WEBSITESCan be • Single type • Combination types Learn to identify what type of information each website provides!
SEARCHING Searching correctly: Research Articles www.pubmed.gov(Database of 20 million journal articles)
TAKE HOME MESSAGE• Searching is a structured art and science• Know where to go – Authentic resources – updated regularly• Search correctly• Evidence may/may not exist• Take your decision with your doctor, based on “best available evidence”
QMED KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION• Conducts programs on correct searching for health professionals• Developing plans to help consumers, with the help of doctors• People involved – Librarians specialized in medical information management – Trustees – two doctors