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Evaluating Websites: Evaluating Websites

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Evaluating Websites

Many websites provide valuable information.  Others may include information that is inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading. Carefully evaluate the information you find.

How can I tell if a website is trustworthy?

  • Check the source. Who wrote it? What are the author's credentials? Are references given? 

  • What is the purpose of the site? Who is the intended audience?

  • Is the information current? Medical information must be current.

  • Is the information clearly presented? Is it readable? Easy to understand?

  • Links to other sites? A reputable organization will link to other sites for further information.

  • What is the site selling, if anything? Does it sound too good to be true?

  • Can you contact the people running the site?

Remember to Use Caution and Common Sense

  • Never rely on just one source of information.

  • Always try to verify information with other sources.

  • Beware of outrageous claims or "miracle cures".

  • Never follow medical advice you find on the Internet without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.

For more tips on finding reliable health information, go to nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/evaluatinghealthinformation

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Disclaimer

Rochester Regional Health provides online information as a community service. This site is an educational resource and should not take the place of advice and recommendations from your physician. If you have or suspect you have a health problem, please contact a health care professional.

Links to other web sites are provided as a service to our readers. These resources are not controlled or endorsed by RRH, and neither RRH, nor its employees, agents or contractors can be held responsible for the information contained within.