Tips for finding health information online
MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing contains great tips on what to look for when evaluating health information websites.
- Consider the source: Use recognized authorities, know who is responsible for the content. Look for an "about us" page.
- Look for evidence: Rely on medical research, not opinions, and focus on quality information.
- Check for currency: Look for the latest information. Is the information current and up to date? Look for dates on documents.
- Beware of bias: What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site? Ads should be clearly marked.
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The National Institutes of Health has created a website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate.
Visitors to the website will find information about:
- The basics of clinical trial participation
- First hand experiences from actual clinical trial volunteers
- Explanations from researchers
- Links on how to search for a trial or enroll in a research matching program