Evaluating Health Websites
Content on the Internet is unregulated; anyone can publish anything on the Internet. There is sound medical information on the Internet along with dangerous information. You need to be able to tell the difference.
Ask yourself the following:
Criteria for evaluating information from the web:
Authority, accuracy, bias/objectivity, currency/timeliness, and coverage
From the National Institutes of Health
How to determine accuracy:
How to determine authority:
How to determine bias/objectivity:
How to determine currency/timeliness:
How to determine coverage:
Provides advise to patients on the safe use of the Internet for health information.
"HON was founded to encourage the dissemination of quality health information for patients and professionals and the general public, and to facilitate access to the latest and most relevant medical data through the use of the Internet."
Answer questions to help you evaluate the website.