Where do you get your health information? [Reblog]
From a June 2015 post at drgladstone
Recently there was something in the news about roughly half of the information in the shows “the doctors” and the Dr. Oz show was correct (actually it was 63% of the time in “the doctors: and correct about 49% on the Dr. Oz show). See an article reporting on this here. Often times people will have looked things up on the internet when they come into the office.
Now I’m not bringing this up to knock Dr. Oz or the doctors who appear on “The Doctors”, nor looking things up the internet. However it’s important to ask several questions.
1) Does the claim have any scientific basis?
2) Has the study (if a study is being quoted) been replicated with the same or similar results obtained?
2a) who funded the study? was it reported in a reputable journal? If it is a product being touted, did the company making the product fund the study?
3) Does the person ‘reporting’ the results, or pushing the product have a connection with the company? Just because someone is employed or funded doesn’t necessarily mean they’re biased, but it is something to take into account
Medline Plus (National Insitutes of Health) is a great starting point for reliable health information.Over 750 topics on conditions, diseases, and wellness. Information on drugs, herbs, and supplements. Links to directories (health care providers, health care facilities, etc) and organizations which provide health information. Surgery videos, interactive health tutorials, and more.
The CDC is the US government’s primary way to communicate information on diseases, conditions, and safety. Information may be found in areas as ….
Most articles include causes, symptoms, treatment options, prevention, prognosis, and more. Information may also be browsed by topic (Topics A-Z). Additional features include picture slideshows, etools, and more.
Familydoctor.org includes health information for the whole family
Healthfinder.gov is a US government Web site with information and tools that can help you stay healthy.
KidsHealth provides information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.Material is written by doctors in understandable language at three levels: parents, kids, and teens. KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens
(including a symptom checker), drugs and supplements, tests and procedures, and healthy lifestyle information.UpToDate For Patients has a Patient Information tab to find information by topic or through a search box.Topics help one to learn more about a medical condition, better understand management and treatment options, and have a better dialogue with health care providers.
[Adapted from Great Places to start (Univ of Toledo Consumer Health LibGuide)]
Consumer Health Library Guide – University of Toledo
mostly link to free reputable Web sites
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