Potential Problems with IHC Applications
What's the problem?
Not all health information is created equal, and not
everything out there is correct. When knowledgeable people have "surfed" the Web
they have found dangerously misleading or incomplete health information that looks quite
legitimate on the surface. The medium itself contributes to the problem. Anyone can make
anything look slick and professional on the Web. Just because you're reading something on
a computer screen doesn't mean it's any more credible than something you heard at a party
or on a talk show. While most health information on the Internet was put there to help
people, not all of it will necessarily be good for you.
Because this is your health, or your family's health,
that's at risk.
We have created this Web site to inform you of these issues and to help you navigate through these new technologies in order to locate the best information resources for you.
Take the exercises on this Web site and learn how to recognize quality information. Most of all, educate yourself about what to look for and ask tough questions.
Source: The Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health, March 1998
Comments: SciPICH@nhic.org Updated: 05/01/08