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Consumer Health

Health information to help patients make informed, clear decisions about their health.

Evaluating Online Health Information

How do you determine whether the health information you find on the web is credible? Each of these criteria alone is meaningless, but together create solid guidelines for evaluation:


  • Authority
    • Who runs the site?
    • What are the credentials of the author(s)?
  • Currency
    • How up to date is the information?
    • When was the site last reviewed?
  • Coverage
    • Is information cited correctly (or at all)?
    • Is their 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 add?
    • Can you contact the author(s) with questions?


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Patient Education Materials from JAMA

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides high-quality print and online resources for the general public. Each Patient Page contains a basic overview of a health/medical topic with short summaries for each entry and illustrations, graphs, and diagrams that help explain each topic.  Patient Pages are also available in Spanish.
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