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Online medical information

Tips on evaluating the reliability of online medical information

  1. Use sites from reputable organisations you have heard of.
  2. Double check the information by looking for other sources.
  3. Check there are contact details for any organisation or people responsible for the information not just an email address.
  4. Look at the advertising – does it seem to unduly influence the site content?
  5. All articles should quote references that you can look up.
  6. Watch out for claims about the superiority of any particular treatment over another
  7. Is this information supplied with a date to make sure it has not been superseded by other research.
  8. Check the sites confidentiality policy.
  9. Beware of sites claiming to be the definitive source.
  10. Beware of sites that criticise others.