|How To Evaluate Health Information on the Internet|
|Written by Original Information from the National Cancer Institute|
|Thursday, 30 August 2007 05:08|
With so many health sites available on the internet, who can you trust? The following questions will help guide you through the process of finding trustworthy, reliable health information on the web.
The growing popularity of the Internet has made it easier and faster to find health information. Much of this information is valuable; however, the Internet also allows rapid and widespread distribution of false and misleading information. It is important for people to carefully consider the source of information and to discuss the information they find with their health care provider. This fact sheet can help people decide whether the health information they find on the Internet or receive via e-mail from a Web site is likely to be reliable.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates drugs and medical devices to ensure that they are safe and effective. The FDA’s Buying Medicines and Medical Products Online Web page is located at http://www.fda.gov/buyonline/ on the Internet. Buying Prescription Medicines Online: A Consumer Safety Guide is available at http://www.fda.gov/buyonlineguide/ on the Internet.
The Red Hot Mamas is a proud member of the well-respected organization, Health On the Net (HON). We subscribe to its Code of Principles that promotes strict guidelines and quality assessments. HON recognizes “Many patients find help, encouragement and cost-effective counseling from on-line support communities, thus overcoming isolation, improving their morale and , often, developing useful teleworking skills. Medicine’s move into the Web is unstoppable. As patients gain easy access to more and more medical information, they are seeking to become more involved in decisions about their health. This trend has started to alter traditional doctor-patient relationships. However good it is, online information cannot replace the vital personal relationship between patients, physicians, nurses and other medical care providers. As we come to understand and act on this, the health benefits will be palpable.”
|Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2009 03:00|