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Searching for Health Information Online

Posted by on May 10th, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Research, Resources
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The quantity of health information available is both an advantage and disadvantage for those turning to the internet to try and self-diagnose their symptoms.  For example, a google search for “racing heartbeat” returned 1,710,000 results in less than a second.  How does one determine if the website they are browsing has accurate and complete information?

Utilizing a trusted health resource to perform a search will significantly narrow the results down to credible sources with relevant information.  For example, I did the same search, “racing heartbeat” on a health resource website and came up with only 62 results but from sources such as the National Institute of Health, Mayo Clinic,   and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The health resource that I used is MedlinePlus.gov, a website produced by the National Library of Medicine, that offers a plethora of information about diseases, conditions and wellness.  The site offers current information and there are no “sponsored links” during searches or advertising anywhere on the site.

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