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The growing popularity of the Internet has made it easier and faster to find health information.  Much of the information is valuable.  However, some of the information is false and misleading.  How can you tell the difference?

The guidelines below can help you decide whether the health information you find on the Internet is reliable.  Be sure to talk to your health care provider about the information you find.    

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How to Analyze the Media

Click on each question below. The answer will appear in a pop-up window. These answers can help you evaluate information you find on the Web.

  1. Who runs the Web site?
  2. Who pays for the Web site?
  3. What is the purpose of the Web site?
  4. What is the original source of the information on the Web site?
  5. How is the information on the Web site documented?
  6. How is the information reviewed before it is posted on the Web site?
  7. How current is the information on the Web site?
  8. How does the Web site choose links to other sites?
  9. What information about users does the Web site collect, and why?
  10. How does the Web site manage interactions with users?
  11. How does the Federal Government protect consumers from false or misleading health claims posted on the Internet?



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