Cyber-Savvy Searching for Consumer Health Resources
In this issue we initiate an ongoing series of posts which highlight consumer health resources selected by library staff. Searching for health information on the Internet can result in conflicting information, may be sponsored by companies that are marketing health care products, or come from sites that are not monitored by health care professionals. Resources posted in this series will highlight the importance of “cyber-savvy searching” for health information with the following key concepts to remember when reviewing information.
AUDIENCE – Does the site focus on patients or health professionals? Is the site written in clearly understandable terms that consumers can understand?
AUTHENTICITY – Who runs the site and for what purpose? What are the stated objectives of the site? Do health care professionals monitor and update the information? Are links to research linked for patients to review?
ACCURACY AND RELEVANCE – Are entries updated on a weekly or monthly basis? Can a user connect with the authors? Are links broken or unable to be accessed? Do other websites on the same topics have similar information? Has the user compared information and discussed/asked for clarification from their health care provider?
MILITARY AND VETERANS
- Mental Health Issues (issues faced by returning veterans, resources)
- Military Exposures (hazardous/environmental exposures)
- Military Family and Friends (connecting with families of other military members)
- Post Traumatic Brain Injury – concussion, recovery, rehabilitation
- Traumatic Brain Injury Brainline Military
- Veterans Administration – resources on health care options, financial concerns, support services
- Veterans and Military Health – Medline Plus
- Veterans Crises Line 1-800 273.TALK (phone line for support)
- Women Veterans (issues specific to women)
- Wounded Warrior Resource Center
Carol Ann Attwood
Mayo Clinic Arizona