Getting the Right Health Information

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Getting the right health information from the Web : 

Getting the right health information from the Web Kerry Stewart, RN, BSN, CMSRN (Image from Microsoft Clipart)

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70% of people who use the internet search for health information but only 15% look at who wrote the information (Fox, 2006) (Image from Microsoft Clipart)

Why search for health information on the Net : 

Why search for health information on the Net Available 24 hours a day Wide variety of topics Can help you learn more so you can make educated choices about your health Adults learn more when when multimedia, such as the internet, is used for education (Mayer, 2009)

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You can find almost any information you need on the internet. But will the information you find be correct? How do you know when the information can be trusted? (Image from Microsoft Clipart)

How do you know : 

How do you know There are 8 questions to ask when you are looking at a website. These questions will help you know if the website presents valid health information. Only you can decide if the information is right for you! (HON, 2009;Image from Microsoft Clipart)

Question 1 : 

Question 1 Does the website back up it’s claims with references? (HON, 2009; Image from Microsoft Clip Art) Health claims should be backed up with references These references can be located within the information, at the end of the information or, on another webpage

Question 2 : 

Question 2 Does the information have clear references? (HON, 2009; Image from Microsoft Clip Art) Information should have references preferably with the authors name and credentials Webpages should have a date when last updated.

Question 3 : 

Question 3 What are the authors credentials? (HON, 2009; Image from Microsoft Clip Art) This will help you know if the person writing the information has the knowledge & training on the topic you are reading

Question 4 : 

Question 4 Does the information on the website support your relationship with your doctor? (HON, 2009; Image from Microsoft Clip Art) The information on a website should add to your relationship with your doctor.

Question 5 : 

Question 5 Does the website have it’s privacy policy listed? (HON, 2009; Image from Microsoft Clip Art) Tracking Cookies? Many websites have them, it is good to be aware, especially if you are providing any personal information

Question 6 : 

Question 6 Is there a way to contact the organization that offers the website? (HON, 2009; Image from Microsoft Clip Art) Contact information should be available on the website so you can contact the website owner if you have questions

Question 7 : 

Question 7 How does the website get funding to operate? (HON, 2009; Image from Microsoft Clip Art) All funding sources should be disclosed

Question 8 : 

Question 8 Does the site allow advertising? Is the advertising policy posted? (HON, 2009; Image from Microsoft Clip Art) Advertising should be clearly labeled so you can tell the difference between the advertising and health information

Searching tips : 

Searching tips Generally, websites created by government bodies and well known hospitals and universities are a safe source for health information Talk to your healthcare provider to ask for a list of suggested websites Online medical consultations are never a good idea unless part of a telehealth program in your community. Be skeptical about miracle drugs or cures (HON, 2009; Image from Microsoft Clip Art)

Health on the Net Foundation : 

Health on the Net Foundation The Health on the Net Foundation is a non-governmental organization with members from around the world. The goal of this organization is to guide people to reliable and accurate health information. Websites approved by the Health on the Net Foundation can show this symbol (HON, 2009)

Other Resources : 

Other Resources There are several other organizations that offer similar advice US Food & Drug Association http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/evalhealthinfo.html DISCERN http://www.discern.org.uk/ National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/information/internet (Image from Microsoft Clip Art)

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We hope you will use the internet to find the answers to your health questions Please remember that the information on the internet should never take the place of your doctor Image from Microsoft Clip Art

References : 

References Fox, S. (2006). Fox, S. Online health search 2006. Washington, DC: Pew Internet & American Life Project. Retrieved on January 25, 2009 from http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/190/report_display.asp Health on the Net Foundation. (2009). Code of Conduct. Retrieved on March 21, 2009 from http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Conduct.html Mayer, R.E. (2009). Multimedia Learning (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge Press

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