Helpful Websites and National Organizations
It can be hard to judge the accuracy and credibility of medical information you read in books or magazines, see on television, or find on the Internet. Following are some important tips to help you decide what information is believable and accurate on the Internet.
Compare the information you find on the Internet with other resources. Check two or three articles in the medical literature or medical textbooks to see whether the information or advice is similar.
Check the author's or organization's credentials. They should be clearly displayed on the Web site. If the credentials are missing, consider this a red flag. Unfortunately, there are many phony doctors and other health professionals making false claims on the Internet.
Find out if the Web site is maintained by a reputable health organization or reviewed by board certified doctors. Remember that no one regulates information on the Internet. Anyone can set up a home page and claim anything.
Check for the Web sites Editorial Policy. Web sites that provide health or medical information should have a Medical Editorial Board, and an Editorial Policy (that includes peer review by their doctors).
Be wary of Web sites advertising and selling products that claim to improve your health. More important, be very careful about giving out credit-card information on the Internet (check to see if they have a secure database such as VeriSign™). Further, even if nothing is being sold on a Web site, ask yourself if the site host has an interest in promoting a particular product or service.
Ask yourself whether the information or advice seems to contradict what you've learned from your doctor. If so, talk to your doctor to clarify the differences in the information.
Be cautious when using information found on bulletin boards or during "chat" sessions with others. Testimonials and personal stories are based on one person’s experience rather than on objective facts or proven medical research.
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