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04 June 2012

Find good health info on the Net

Worried about your symptoms? The internet can certainly help you to get background information on a condition you may have. But how do you know if you can trust the information?

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Worried about your symptoms? The internet can certainly help you to get background information on a condition you may have. But how do you know if you can trust the information?

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Good health websites: will have HONcode (Health on the Net Foundation) accreditation; will quote trustworthy studies from reputable institutions and medical journals; will include medical info that appears to be solid; may have a website address that ends in .gov (government organisations) or in .org (registered organisations – not fly-by-nights) of in the name of a recognisable and reputable university or hospital; will include contact names and addresses of real organisations and people; and will constantly remind the user that info gathered from the internet cannot take the place of a face-to-face consultation with a medical practitioner.

 
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