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Six criteria to measure the reliability of health information on the Internet

Six criteria to measure the reliability of health information on the Internet | healthcare in the digital era |

Dr. Cox writes: which includes a tutorial on accessing and evaluating information on the web. There are some questions you should ask yourself any time you evaluate a site:


1. Who sponsors the website? Going to a trusted organization is a good way to access good reliable information such as the federal government (, an academic institution (Dartmouth University), or a nationally recognized society (American Cancer Society).


2. Who wrote the information? Does the site have an editorial board or a panel of experts who wrote and reviewed the information? Does it reference other national sites or recently published peer reviewed articles in well-known medical journals or site obscure references and individuals' experiences?


3. Is the information recent? The time medical information is relevant shortens daily, make sure you check several up-to-date sites.


4. Does the site have a privacy policy? Be wary of any site that asks you for personal information or wants to sign you up for regular mailings. Who will they share your information with? Perhaps companies selling products for this condition?


5. The site makes claims that seem too good to be true; chances they are? Be sure to check several sites. Seeing confirming information on several trusted sites should give you comfort that the information you are seeing is probably reliable.


6. Make sure to check information with your physician. Chances are your physician might be able to direct you to reliable sites for information on specific conditions. They will also help you sort through the information you obtain to make sense of it for you.


Via Bart Collet
Pere Florensa's curator insight, October 23, 2013 5:16 AM

1. ¿Quienes son los sponsors? ¿son fiables¿, ¿son instituciones?

2. ¿Quien la escribe?

3. ¿Es reciente?

4. ¿la Web tiene política de privacidad?

5. ¿La web da informaciones demasiado buenas para ser verdad? , ¿es sensacionalista?

6. Enséñasela a tu médico, es quien tiene el criterio necesario para saber si es fiable o no

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Health literacy basics: who is the audience, and what is the purpose?

Health literacy basics: who is the audience, and what is the purpose? | healthcare in the digital era |

In his book The Checklist Manifesto, Dr. Atul Gawande argues that people, even experts, often skip basic, critical steps that can determine success or failure in a project or task. He proposes that people use checklists to increase the accuracy and consistency of their performance. Checklists draw our attention to all the elements in a process, not just a selective few that we remember or feel most comfortable doing.


Last week’s health literacy workshop at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media illustrated how often we overlook basic, critical steps in public health communication. Workshop participants used a health literacy checklist to evaluate 2 public health materials. Although the checklist had almost 3 dozen items, the first 2 items – audience and purpose – took up the majority of the discussion period in the exercise.


Participants identified multiple audiences and purposes for each piece. Without a clearly defined audience and purpose, it was difficult, and in some cases, meaningless to go through the rest of the checklist. For example, you can’t decide if a material is filled with jargon if you don’t have a clearly defined audience. Jargon for one audience might be everyday language for another. Or, you can’t determine if you’ve included the correct health behaviors if you don’t know audience and purpose.


If you want to try a full checklist, see CDC’s plain language manual, Simply Put, Appendix A ( Whether you use a checklist or not, try using these 2 questions when you plan, review or revise your next health material.


1) Who is the primary audience?


2) What is the primary purpose of this material?


Do you agree these are the 2 most important questions?


Can you think of other, equally important questions that have made a difference in your materials?

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Uit de oude doos maar niet minder actueel: ‘We doen alsof de patiënt niks kan’

Uit de oude doos maar niet minder actueel: ‘We doen alsof de patiënt niks kan’ | healthcare in the digital era |

@lucienengelen, ambassadeur van vernieuwing in de zorg,  duikt in de archieven. Hij wijst via Twitter op een artikel uit maart 2011 dat nog altijd actueel is:


‘Er komt een stortvloed op ons af aan groeiende zorgvraag en zorgkosten. Ik houd collega’s vaak voor: stel dat je het dubbele aantal patiënten in je praktijk hebt met hetzelfde geld. En dat is nog een rooskleurig scenario. Hoe ga je dat doen? Breng je de tien minuten voor een consult terug naar vijf? Nee, dat kan niet. Taakverschuiving dan? Dat vinden ze moeilijk, want dat werkt nog niet goed. Dus zeg ik: kijk in hoeverre je die patiënt erbij kunt betrekken. Dat is de grootste verandering in de zorg en die kost niks.’

Via erwin blom
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