Presentation on theme: "Locating, Evaluating, and Utilizing Reliable On-Line Health Information Margaret Tarpley Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN ARCS--2007 Surgical Education."— Presentation transcript:
Locating, Evaluating, and Utilizing Reliable On-Line Health Information Margaret Tarpley Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN ARCS Surgical Education Week April 12, 2007 Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
The World Wide Web is alleviating financial and location constraints on access to useful medical information, much of which is free and open to all.
Web search engines such as Google retrieve information easily and quickly, but, unfortunately, with no guarantee of accuracy or evidence-based research. Unreliable health information posted to the Web in attractive and believable formats has been of concern to health care professionals, medical librarians, and medical information specialists since the dawn of the World Wide Web and the internet.
Logging in from their educational institutions, cyber cafes, businesses, and homes, uncounted numbers of persons in the low-income world as well as in technologically-advanced nations are now able to tap into this wealth of information and misinformation on the Web. All users can benefit from suggestions for assessing the reliability, quality, and content of health-related Web sites.
Public Search Engines Google Yahoo Etc. Scientific Databases Free to Public –PubMed—Medline –CDC –WHO –NIH Subscription & Proprietary—Through Institution Library
Overview of the Worldwide Web and useful electronic resources including free peer- reviewed journals and other publications. PubMed (Medline) ed – Links to full-text which is sometimes free or subscribed to by your institution ed National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Information Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) for Disease Control and Prevention WHO World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/ )http://www.who.int/en/ FreeBooks4Doctors.com
Web Site judgment criteria a. Source—Is this Web site produced by a reputable entity such as a university, foundation, professional organization, or recognized expert in the field? b. Content ▪Is there contact information? ▪Do the hyper-links work and do they link to reputable Web sites? ▪Is the information referenced (does it cite its source)? ▪Is the primary focus information or service? ▪Does it appear to be commercial with the intent of selling products rather than educating viewers? c. Date—Note the copyright and revision dates at the page bottom. Is this up-to-date information?
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Locating free peer-reviewed journals and other bibliographical and electronic resources. PubMed (Medline) – Links to full-text which is sometimes free or subscribed to by your institution (Accessed 12 April 2007) PLOS (Public Library of Science) (Accessed 11 April Free Medical Journals with links (1450 journals in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and other languages ). (Accessed 24 July 2006)http://www.freemedicaljournals.com/FrenchGerman PortugueseSpanishTurkishother languages APDS lecture series for residents-->100 Wise-MD AAMC
Proper citation of Web resources in scientific publications author or produce name of the site; the full URL (Web address); and the date the material was viewed. If possible, the material cited should be printed off because Web sites are frequently edited, updated, or even removed completely.
Results and Conclusions Persons utilizing the tools presented in the teaching module should be able to locate and make sound judgments about on-line resources and use them for clinical and academic purposes.