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Health-Related Websites: How Do You Find Sources You Can Trust?

Everyday there are more and more websites offering consumer health-related information. While many online health resources are credible and valid, others may present inaccurate, biased or misleading information.

How do you find sources you can trust? How do you evaluate the content on websites?

Key Facts to Ask About Health Websites

Anyone can put up a website. Not all online health information is accurate, legitimate and authoritative. Be cautious when you evaluate health-information on the Internet.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health advises to be suspicious, especially if the site…

… Is selling something
… Includes outdated information
… Makes excessive claims for what a product can do
… Is sponsored by an organization whose goals differ from yours.

Checking Out a Health Website: Five Quick Questions

If you’re visiting a health-related website for the first time, these five quick questions can help you decide whether the site is a helpful and legitimate resource.

Always ask yourself: ‘Who is paying for this website? What is their agenda?’

Who? Who runs the website? Can you trust them? Beware of bias, who is paying for or funding the site?

What? What does the site say? Do its claims seem too good to be true? Be a cyber-skeptic.

When? When was the information posted or reviewed? Is it up-to-date?  Who verifies the information before it is put on the web page?

Where? Where did the information come from? Is it supported by scientific research? Look for recognized authorities and know who is responsible for the content.

Why? Why does the site exist? Is it selling something?

Don’t Rely Exclusively on Online Resources

If you are researching a health-related topic online, review several high-quality websites to see if similar information appears in a number of places. Looking at many good sites will also give you a wider view of a health issue.

When making decisions about your health, don’t rely exclusively on online resources. Online information is not a substitute for medical advice. Before taking any of the advice that you have found online, confer with your doctors and health care providers, get referrals and recommendations from other patients, and ask opinions from family and friends.

You must do your due diligence to find the right treatment(s) for you. I know it’s a lot of effort. To make the best decisions, educate yourself on all your treatment options.

Resources for this Article
• Guide to Healthy Web Surfing Ways to Evaluate the Quality of Health Information on Web. NIH: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Sites.

• MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing. NIH: U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Caution - when searching A-Fib websites always ask: who is paying for this site and what is their agenda?

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