Judge: web sites for health

September 19, 2007 0 Comments

The process of looking for information is important, and helps many people adjust to their condition. There are stages to a condition. Different types of information may be needed at these different stages. Before a diagnosis: (a) to work out what the problem is. Just after a diagnosis: (a) to find out why it has …

Judge: web sites for health

September 19, 2007 0 Comments

Health information gateways provide free access to a catalogue of health and medical Internet sites. You can look for information under subject sections, or search the gateway using keywords. Advise health consumers to use gateways first, rather than to go straight to a search engine. Provide links to gateways on your site. There are a …

Judge: web sites for health

September 19, 2007 0 Comments

Advise people to use search engines if they cannot find what they want from the gateways. Provide links to one or two search engines from your site. Here are some examples of search engines. If you want to find out about individual search engines and what they do go to Search Engine Watch (http://searchenginewatch.com) [Opens …

Judge: web sites for health

September 19, 2007 0 Comments

Give people guidance on how to judge the quality of health information they find on the Internet. Provide a link to the Judge: Web sites for health, consumer guidelines. Provide links to other quality guidelines. Here are some examples. < previous page: tips  |   next page: managing >

Judge: web sites for health

September 19, 2007 0 Comments

Give tips on how health consumers could best ask their doctor about information they have found on the Internet, for example, a piece of medical research, a particular therapy or drug. Suggest they talk it over with a support group first. This could answer many of their questions. However you must make it clear that …

Judge: web sites for health

September 19, 2007 0 Comments

Give a few hints about how to use search engines more effectively. Unless your search is very simple, always use the ‘advanced search’ option provided by the search engine (normally a link near to the search box on the home page). ‘Advanced search’ allows you to do things like: (a) find results with all of …