How can I be sure that the information is correct?
Double-check the information. Compare it to what the doctor has told you
and what you see on other sites you are sure are reliable.
If you find interesting health information on the Internet, talk to your
doctor about it.
When you read interesting information on a health Web site, print it out
and take it to your doctor or write down the Web address (URL) and ask your
doctor to look at it. Your doctor should be able to tell you if the information
is correct and what parts are not correct.
Ask your doctor to recommend reliable Web sites.
Do not make health care decisions based only on Internet information. Talk
to your doctor.
Do not use Internet information alone to diagnose problems, treat an illness,
or to find or change medications.
Many people use the Internet as a quick and easy way to find health information.
The purpose of a reliable health Web site is to give information, to help
people make informed decisions, and to encourage healthy behaviors.
A reliable health Web site is created by skilled health care professionals.
Do not believe all of the information that you read on the Internet. Anyone
can learn how to put information on the Web. A person with no medical training
can make a Web site as easily as a doctor can.
Be careful of sites that promise miracle cures, are trying to sell a product,
and that do not recommend that you talk to your doctor about the information
It is important to make sure that the information is accurate to protect
you family's health.
When you read interesting health information on the Internet, talk to your
doctor about it to make sure it is accurate.
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