How to recognize reliable websites?

Questions you can ask yourself

Online sources of health information should make it easy for people to learn who is responsible for posting the information. They should make clear the original source of the information, along with the medical credentials of the people who prepare or review the posted material.

Use the following questions to determine the credibility of health information published online.

Who manages this information?

The person or group that has published health information online should be identified somewhere.

Who is paying for the project, and what is their purpose?

You should be able to find this information in the “About Us” section. For this website you can find that information here.

What is the original source of the information that they have posted?

If the information was originally published in a research journal or a book, they should say which one(s) so that you can find it.

How is information reviewed before it gets posted?

Most health information publications have someone with medical or research credentials review the information before it gets posted, to make sure it is correct.

How current is the information?

Online health information sources should show you 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.

The National Institute of Aging in the US give elaborate information on checking reliability and surfing on the internet to find information. Find website here


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