Friday, June 21, 2013

Investigate Information on the Internet

How many times have you scanned a Google search results page and wondered which of the zillion links listed were trustworthy and accurate? Me? Every single stinkin' time.

NIH to the rescue. Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health tweeted a link to this very good article titled HOW TO EVALUATE HEALTH INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Here's the bullet points, but head over to read the article in full:

  • Any Web site should make it easy for you to learn who is responsible for the site and its information (see Question 1).
  • If the person or organization in charge of the Web site did not write the material, the Web site should clearly identify the original source of the information (see Question 4).
  • Health-related Web sites should give information about the medical credentials of the people who have prepared or reviewed the material on the site (see Question 6).
  • Any Web site that asks you for personal information should explain exactly what the site will and will not do with that information (see Question 9).
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission are federal government agencies that help protect consumers from false or misleading health claims on the Internet (see Question 12).

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