Millions of consumers are using the Internet to get health information. And thousands of Web sites are offering health information. Some of those sites are reliable and up-to-date; some are not. How can you tell the good from the bad?
First, it’s important to carefully consider the source of information and then to discuss the information you find with your health care professional. These questions and answers can help you determine whether the health information you find on the Internet or receive by e-mail from a Web site is likely to be reliable.
A Quick Checklist
You can use the following checklist to help make sure that the health information you are reading online can be trusted.
- Can you easily see who sponsors the Web site?
- Is the sponsor a government agency, a medical school, or a reliable health-related organization, or is it related to one of these?
- Is there contact information?
- Can you tell when the information was written?
- Is your privacy protected?
- Does the Web site make claims that seem too good to be true? Are quick, miraculous cures promised?
(For the rest of this article, click here to read it from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…)
Source: FDA Website Management Staff
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