Tips: Searching for Credible Health Information in the Internet
If you have access to the Web, you can find information on everything from the latest medical research to facts on particular conditions. So, should you believe everything you read? NO! Read on for tips on how to search for credible health information on the Internet.
Don't Believe Everything You Read
Use Information Wisely
To Make Informed Decisions About Your Health Care, You Need to Understand Your Health Problem
Medical information, especially material written for health care providers, can be hard to understand, confusing, and sometimes frightening. As you read through your materials, write down any words or information you don't understand or find confusing. Make a list of your questions and concerns. During your next office visit, ask your doctor, nurse, or other health professional to review the information with you so that you understand clearly how it might be helpful to you.
If the medical information you gathered is for a personal health problem, you may want to share what you found with your spouse, other family members, or a close friend. Family members and friends who understand your health problem are better able to provide needed support and care. Finally, you might want to consider joining a support group in your community. You may find it helpful to be able to talk with others who have the same health problem and share your feelings or concerns.
Ultimately, the information you gather from print and electronic resources
can help you make decisions about your health care--how to prevent illness,
maintain optimal health, and address your specific health problems. Armed with
this knowledge, you can more actively work in partnership with your doctor and
other health care professionals to explore treatment options and make health
care decisions. Health care experts predict that today's computer and
telecommunication systems will result in a new era--the health care system
information age--built around health-savvy, health-responsible consumers who are
the primary managers of their own health and medical care.
Last Editorial Review: 7/7/2004
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