Health information on the Internet: How to evaluate them #HealthXPh March 8, 2014

Many patients turn to the internet for health information. But it’s a jungle out there in the web. There are reliable health information sources and updated ones. And there are those that pretend to be one like those non-credible sites created merely for profit without concern for accuracy or reliability just to attract hits for high-paying advertisements from medical keywords.

An initiative to improve the quality and reliability of health information in the net is the HONCode certification which serve as an ethical standard for sites that applied for it and follow the HONCode Principles of Authority, Complementarity, Confidentiality, Attribution, Justifiability, Transparency, Financial disclosure and Advertising.

So how does one tell if a website contains reliable health information or not?

This brings us to our topics this coming Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10 AM Philippine time at #HealthXPh in twitter where we will ask…

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  • T1: How should one evaluate health information found on the internet?
  • T2: Name at least three (3) favourite reliable sites you go to for health information on the internet.[/unordered_list] 

In addition, health related news and information especially those with public health implications easily spread online, including false, incomplete or inaccurate ones which might cause widespread panic. Case in point, the recent “flesh-eating disease” false news in the Philippines which was tied to a prophecy.

So we also ask,

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  • T3:  As a healthcare professional, how should you react or respond when you see false or inaccurate health information or inaccurate health news is being spread on the[ internet/social media?[/unordered_list]

We would love to see your tweets regarding the subject matter in our twitter chat this Saturday followed by a Google Hangout on Air session. See you!