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Evaluating Online Health Information

Questions You Should Ask
Who manages this information?
The person or group that has published health information online should be identified on the website.
Who is paying to promote the information and what is their motivation?
You should be able to find this in the “About Us” section.
What is the original source of the online information?
If the information was originally published in another source such as a research journal or a book, it should be identified so you can find the original source.
How is information reviewed before it gets posted?
Most health information publications have someone with medical or research credentials (e.g., someone who has earned an MD, DO, or PhD) review the information before it gets posted, to make sure it is correct. This information should be noted on the website.
How current is the information?
Online health information sources should display a date when the information was posted or last reviewed.
If they are asking for personal information, how will they use that information and how will they protect your privacy?
This is very important. Do not share personal information until you understand the policies under which it will be used and you are comfortable with any risk involved in sharing your information online.
Source: National Institutes of Health
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This page was updated on August 15, 2016.
This page was reviewed on August 11, 2016.
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