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8 Helpful Tips For Determining The Credibility Of Online Medical Information

9/15/2014 | By: Dr. A. Barak

The internet is considered the number one source of information on medical issues. Yet the resources are so vast, that determining trustworthiness becomes a problem

Today, the Internet is considered the number one source of information on medical issues, well ahead of other media sources and even one’s personal general practitioner.

 

More than 80% of Internet surfers in the USA use the internet to search for answers to health questions. The resources of the Internet are so vast, that determining trustworthiness becomes a problem. Often enough, the information provided is reliable and useful, but some of it can be worthless, not to mention contradictory, confusing and even misleading.

 

Here are 8 guidelines for discerning the quality of information provided on Internet sites:

  1. Give priority to larger organizations. Seek out the Websites of larger, well-known organizations, for example, government sites, hospitals, medical associations, etc. Check out our list of recommended sites.

  2. Look for a standards certification seal. Sites that carry the HON code certification (Health on the Net) have been found to meet sufficiently high standards of reliability.

  3.  Cross-check between sources. Truth is consistent and constant; therefore, it is important to seek out other sources that reinforce the reliability of the medical information you have found. If the information appears in only one source, its accuracy is questionable.

  4. Verify the date. It is wise to check that the information is up-to-date. Verify that the articles on the site you are consulting are dated, or have been updated recently. As materials on the Internet tend to stay posted for years, if you come across contradictory advice, seek out more recent articles on the topic.

  5. Stick to the facts. It is often difficult to distinguish between fact and opinion. This becomes particularly crucial in the case of new or unconventional therapies.

  6. Be cautious of forums and blogs. Forums, patient chat-rooms and communities are all information platforms where people express themselves freely and the information is not rigorously filtered or tested. It is for that reason that information from these sources should be viewed with caution.

  7. Focus on the essential. There is a saying in the world of medicine, “a rare case is an interesting case” or, from the patient’s point of view, “If you have become an interesting case, start worrying”. The Web gives preference to the less common conditions and tends to portray common diseases using sensationalist terms. As a result, the information gleaned from such descriptions may not represent an accurate picture.

  8. Consult with a physician. An experienced doctor with computer skills can direct you to reliable lay websites, relevant to your case, thus saving you hours of unprofitable wandering. In addition, if your doctor is amenable to communication via the Internet, you are in the fortunate position of having a reliable and clear source of answers to any difficult question that may arise.

 

Dr. A Barak is Medix' Medical Consultant  

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