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Who Can You Trust?
Can You Trust?
With so much health information available today-- in books, articles, the news, tv,
ads, infomercials, and, of course, the web-- it's invaluable to take a moment and educate yourself
on how to make all this availability work for you. Taking a moment at
the sites below can save you time and frustration later as you do your research.
Things To Know About Evaluating Medical Resources
From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM),
a quick guide to help you know what to look for in medical information anywhere.
Health Information on the Internet - from The Michigan
At the Michigan librarians' statewide internet guide, they've
compiled some great sites to educate the layperson on how
to do quality health research.
- Stephen Barrett M.D. is a nationally renowned author and editor
on health and medical consumer advocacy. This is his well recognized,
comprehensive site on quackery related questions and issues --especially
on the web. You can even email further questions to staff and
Dr. Barrett. For specific sections on a topic, try scrolling
down the topic index on the homepage. Otherwise, try the search
Health Care Reality Check
- Web site of the Georgia Council Against Health Fraud, Inc., a
"volunteer network of healthcare professionals working to
provide the public with convenient and reliable information
about alternative medicine claims, products and services."
A dictionary, encyclopedia of journal articles, news releases,
and book reviews concerning the "victims of medical quackery".
MedlinePlus: About Your Medicines
- From the National Library of Medicine. Answers to all your key
medicine related questions--including the FDA's excellent
Tips and Warnings for Buying Online --for guidance on using
Diagnosing Health Websites
- The Medical Library Association's basic criteria. Included is
ten list of health and medicine sites.
HONcode--The Health On the Net Foundation
- An example of an internet watchdog organization. Websites that
meet the HONcode
criteria can register and have the HONcode symbol displayed
on their page. You can even search their site on a web site's
name to see what it's HONcode
status is (if the site has gone through the honcode process).
But there is no foolproof system for immediate, uniform detection
of trustworthy web sites. Quackwatch has a section on
is for Thinking
- From Ithaca College --an excellent guide on how to evaluate
web resources in general.
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