How to Evaluate Health Information You Find on the Internet

May 2, 2023

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The quality of health information available online is a critical issue, particularly for people who are aging or have specific health conditions. The availability of health information can help you make better decisions about your care and improve your outcomes. However, you may find that it can be difficult to know if the information you are reading is reliable. In addition, some websites might be selling products or trying to sell you something else. It’s important to use the tips below when evaluating health information you find on the Internet.

Be sure that the information you read comes from a reputable source, such as a medical professional or a nonprofit organization. Also, check to see who is writing and reviewing the content. You can usually tell who’s writing and reviewing by their website URL (also known as a web address).

A credible source should share scientifically sound information, using citations as a standard for presenting evidence. They should be able to explain how and why their information is consistent with the best scientific evidence available at the time they publish it.

They should be transparent about their processes and practices, including who they hire to review their content and how they verify the authenticity of their sources. They should also disclose any conflicts of interest or self-interest related to the information they share and how they manage them.

Using credible sources to find and share high-quality health information is a challenge for many SMPs. They often lack the capacity to evaluate every piece of content, even if they have human-led QA programs and automated systems.

To improve their evaluation of sources, SMPs must invest in the development and implementation of an effective credibility assessment strategy. This can include both source and content evaluation, with a focus on high-volume, influential sources.

SMPs and their partners should work together to develop the credibility assessment strategy that is most suitable for them, based on the resources and approaches they have available. Specifically, they should consider the following principles and credibility attributes as guideposts for assessing their approach:

Credibility Principles

To promote access to high-quality health information, SMPs need to develop and implement an approach that identifies sources of scientifically sound information, aligned with the credibility principles and credibility attributes described in this paper. SMPs should also identify and share the methods they use to promote consumption of such information.

The goal of such strategies is to promote access to high-quality health information by enhancing consumers’ ability to identify and choose credible sources of science-based, objective, and trustworthy health information. They should also engage in public engagement to ensure transparency and accountability, as well as minimize perceptions of censorship or paternalism.

In the context of social media, this means identifying and promoting sources of health information that have strong institutional credibility. The authors define credibility as “likely to offer high-quality information and employ processes to reduce conflict of interest and promote transparency and accountability.”

What You Need to Know About Health Conditions

May 2, 2023

Health conditions are illnesses, injuries and impairments that affect our ability to function or enjoy life. These can be caused by a number of factors, including diet and physical inactivity. They are the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Some conditions can cause no symptoms at all and are called asymptomatic. These include some infections, some cancers and a number of medical problems that may not be seen until they are more advanced.

Infectious diseases and mental health disorders can also have a number of causes, from lifestyle to genetics. These factors can all be changed to improve your health.

Diseases and conditions that cause no symptoms can have serious consequences, so it’s important to get the right diagnosis as soon as possible.

Symptoms are what we feel, see and hear that indicate something is wrong. They can help doctors decide what might be causing a problem or that it’s time to take action.

There are a few different types of symptoms: Remitting, chronic and relapsing. Remitting and chronic are the most common.

Remitting symptoms usually last for a short period of time, such as when you have the flu or a cold. A relapsing symptom might occur again, or it might not happen for years.

Sometimes a symptom isn’t clear and can’t be explained by other factors, so your doctor might need to look at a range of tests. For example, blood, urine or poop samples and imaging (X-rays, CT scans or MRIs) are all tests that can be used to find out what’s causing the problem.

Treatments are the things that health care providers do for you to control a health condition, lessen its symptoms or clear it up. They can include medicine, therapy, surgery or other approaches.

Some health conditions have a cure, meaning they don’t come back. This is often the case for some kinds of cancer, asthma or diabetes.

In other cases, the disease might not get better without treatment. This is the case for some mental illnesses, such as depression.

People who have these diseases might need to learn new skills and adapt their lifestyles. They might need to change jobs, get more exercise or eat healthier.

Changing lifestyles can be difficult, but it’s worth the effort. It can help prevent many health conditions and increase your chances of living longer, more comfortable lives.

Treating a disease or disorder can be challenging, but it’s important to work with your doctor and other health professionals to keep your symptoms under control.

Be sure to ask your healthcare provider about telemedicine or virtual appointments to save time and money on travel, office visits and medication refills.

A healthy diet and regular physical activity are the best way to reduce the risk of developing health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer or diabetes. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to eat more healthy foods, exercise regularly and avoid tobacco.

When you have a chronic illness or disorder, it can be difficult to feel well enough to get the most out of your day-to-day activities and to enjoy your relationships. This can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. It can also reduce your self-esteem and confidence.