While written with drug information in mind, these points apply to health and medical information in general, too.
FDA staff and others familiar with Internet medical offerings suggest asking the following questions to help determine the reliability of a Web site:
— From FDA Consumer June 1996, reprinted with permission.
Information overload can be hazardous to your health! Evaluating the quality of an internet medical site should be used as a filter to exclude information that may be unreliable, and therefore confusing, or even harmful. Here are some additional tips to add to those provided by the FDA.
Finally, review the information with a health care provider who knows YOU, and can help you put what you have learned into perspective.