INTERNET FOR AUTHENTIC MEDICAL INFORMATION      Vasumathi Sriganesh    QMed Knowledge Foundation       info@qmedkf.org.in
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT…..
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 un...
ABOUT RESOURCESFirst – Authenticity• Who is responsible for the website / resource?• Is it updated regularly / is the info...
RESPONSIBILITYSource: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/webeval/webeval_start.html 
EVALUATING…“About Us”• PABH: Doctors & Cardiologists; mission – to educate   public; contact details provided• IHH: “Selec...
ABOUT RESOURCESCategorize them… and understand where to go
THREE CATEGORIESMedical Information Resources – three main categories• Background information / Factual information• Resul...
WEBSITESCan be • Single type • Combination types         Learn to identify what type of information                     ea...
MEDLINEPLUS.GOV
RESULTS OF RESEARCH • Cochrane Summaries • PubMed Health
summaries.cochrane.org
COCHRANE COLLABORATION• Experts from different medical fields   – Eg: “Pregnancy and childbirth group”   ALSO:• Cochrane C...
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/
SEARCHING          Searching correctly:             Research Articles          www.pubmed.gov(Database of 20 million journ...
TAKE HOME MESSAGE• Searching is a structured art and science• Know where to go   – Authentic resources – updated regularly...
QMED KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION• Conducts programs on correct searching for health   professionals• Developing plans to help con...
BECOME A FRIEND OF QMED
QMED KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION     www.qmedkf.org.in     facebook.com/qmedkf  www.indianmedicalsites.in
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
8 health information and consumers - qmed
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8 health information and consumers - qmed

  1. 1. INTERNET FOR AUTHENTIC MEDICAL INFORMATION Vasumathi Sriganesh QMed Knowledge Foundation info@qmedkf.org.in
  2. 2. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT…..
  3. 3. SO…• What do we believe?• How many pages of search results do we go through?
  4. 4. USING INTERNET RESOURCESRequires a very structured approach
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. RESPONSIBILITYSource: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/webeval/webeval_start.html 
  8. 8. 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”
  9. 9. ABOUT RESOURCESCategorize them… and understand where to go
  10. 10. 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)
  11. 11. WEBSITESCan be • Single type • Combination types Learn to identify what type of information  each website provides!
  12. 12. MEDLINEPLUS.GOV
  13. 13. RESULTS OF RESEARCH • Cochrane Summaries • PubMed Health
  14. 14. summaries.cochrane.org
  15. 15. COCHRANE COLLABORATION• Experts from different medical fields – Eg: “Pregnancy and childbirth group” ALSO:• Cochrane Consumer Network http://consumers.cochrane.org/ 
  16. 16. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/
  17. 17. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/
  18. 18. SEARCHING Searching correctly:  Research Articles www.pubmed.gov(Database of 20 million journal articles)
  19. 19. 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”
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. BECOME A FRIEND OF QMED
  22. 22. QMED KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION www.qmedkf.org.in facebook.com/qmedkf www.indianmedicalsites.in

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