Asking the right questions, to get the right care. The web has lots of health information that can quickly get very confusing. Some information is good and some is not. Sometimes information is very difficult and time-consuming to find. Health Care Answers lists web sites that provide unbiased information, sites that are subject to medical review, and funding sources are clearly indicated.

Just because it is on the web does not mean it is accurate. In looking for health information, check the following:

How is the site funded?
In other words, if you are at a site funded by a drug company, they will be very positive about their drugs and probably not tell you about any other drugs. Funding sources for web sites should be listed in information about the company.

Is the information current?
Look for dates, sites should indicate the date of the article or when the information was updated. This assures you that you have current information.

What is the source of the information?
Information can come from many sources. Check if the information has been reviewed by a health care professional for accuracy.

Does the information match other information you have reviewed?
ALWAYS get information from more than one source. There may be differing opinions on the best treatment for a particular condition. Check information from a government web site and a medical school. Finding different information can provide good questions to ask the primary care provider.

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