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Consumer Health Information

Health Resources for the Public

What is Consumer Health Information?

                                

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Consumer Health Information

We are all consumers of health information whether we are looking for a doctor or information on a specific health condition.  At one point or another we all search for health information.  The information in this guide is to help point you in the right direction with helpful links and resources to take into consideration when searching for answers.


Disclaimer:

The information provided in this resource is meant for general information purposes only and should not be used in place of professional medical advice, diagnoses, or medical treatment.  Please consult with licensed medical professionals for further information or additional questions.


                                                                                     

                                           Evaluating Health Information on the Web

Make sure health information from the web comes from a reliable source. Not everything you read on the internet is true or is posted with good intentions.  The following links provide tips on how to navigate the world of health information, but whenever in doubt consult your physician.

 

Evaluating Health Websites 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine provides this guide on how to evaluate health information on the internet with some good tips and tricks to keep in mind.

https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/topics/health-websites

Finding and Evaluating Online Resources

This resource, from the National Institutes of Health, provides insights on what to look for when looking at health information, and even touches on fake news.

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/webresources

Find Good Health Information

From the Medical Library Association, this source discusses step-by-step thr process one should take to evaluate medical information found on the internet.

https://www.mlanet.org/resources/userguide.html

Health Literacy

This resource, also from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, discusses how to increase one's health literacy, or ability to obtain and process health information to make informed decisions.

https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/topics/health-literacy