Evaluating Internet Health Information

Begin by watching this video created the Resource and Learning Center.

Health on the Net Foundation - HONcode is the oldest and the most used ethical and trustworthy code for medical and health related information available on Internet.  Read about it here and look for the code on health Web sites.
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HealthyNJ: Health Fraud - To avoid becoming victims of health fraud, it's important for consumers to learn how to assess health claims and seek the advice of a health professional.  This site will help you learn how.

HealthyNJ: Health Information - Find out what you should look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites.

Medical Library Association: A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web - Learn how to evaluate a website and also find a listing of top consumer health sites.

MedlinePlus: Evaluating Health Information - Developed by the National Library of Medicine, here you will find a wealth of information to help you decide if a site is reliable.  Also look at:


Interactive Tutorials / Videos

MedlinePlus Interactive Tutorial: Evaluating Internet Health Information - This interactive video is from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics, the tutorial explains the subject in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial. Note: The tutorial requires a special Flash plug-in and you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you start the tutorial.

National Cancer Institute: Using Trusted Resources - Here are some guidelines for determining whether or not a source is credible, as well as a short video from the Federal Trade Commission on cancer treatment scams.

Trust It or Trash It - This is a tool to help you think critically about the quality of health information.


August 2017


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