Public Health: Consumer Health

Evaluating health websites

How do you determine whether the health science information you find on the web is credible? Many of the same principles you employ to evaluate other websites apply.

Authority

  • Who runs the site?
  • What are the credentials of the author(s)?

Currency

  • How up to date is the site?
  • When was the site last reviewed?

Coverage

  • Is information cited correctly (or at all)?
  • Is there a balance between images and text?

Objectivity

  • Do the authors of the site identify any conflicts of interest?
  • How does the site get its funding?

Accuracy

  • How does the site determine what content to include?
  • Can you contact the author(s) with questions?

You can also look at the library's handout on evaluating health information on the internet, above.

Health literacy and assessment tools

Health Care Legal Resources

Pet health resources

Some of the best consumer health sites

Many of the sited listed below are from the Medical Library Association's recommendations for the best consumer health sites. These are listed in alphabetical order.

For more specific consumer health sites (such as women's health, senior health, etc.), see http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=397 (updated Spring 2017)

Other resources (in alphabetical order)

Mobile health apps

Health and wellness apps (also called mHealth) for mobile devices such as smartphones and tables include those that support diet and exercise programs, pregnancy trackers, behavioral and mental health coaches, symptom checkers, sleep and relaxation aids, and personal disease or chronic condition managers.

The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) regulates apps that qualify as medical devices -- anything used to diagnose, treat or prevent a medical condition such as glucose monitoring devices. At present there is no oversight on other kinds of health and wellness apps.

Consult the following resources for app reviews and recommendations.

Plain Language Medical Dictionary

The Plain Language Medical Dictionary widget is a project of the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library as part of the Michigan Health Literacy Awareness project.

Subjects: Public Health
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