Top On-line Health Sites
A recent study found that most Americans get their health information from Health Sites and fewer from social media. Ok, that’s not so surprising, but over 50% get their information from Both. People are looking for the credible information from sites like WebMD, but they’re also using Social Media and blogs to learn about people’s personal experiences.
One of the most worrisome trends that I encounter with my patients occurs when people researching a health topic land on an opinion page which can be mistaken for a fact based health site. Often patients are amassing very compelling opinions and interpretations of data, where there’s unfortunately more than a few wild leaps in logic. Sometimes I feel like one of the MythBusters as patients ask about all sorts of interesting and off-the wall remedies that they’ve read about. I do check out the websites, because after all, there’s always room to learn more and whenever there’s a plausible connection, it’s interesting to explore.
I also do a lot of research on-line. Here’s where I go for my information:
- National Institutes of Health
- Centers for Disease Control Women’s Health
- Society for Women’s Health Research – SWHR
- Mayo Clinic Women’s Health
- NAMS – North American Menopause Society NAMS
- NOF – National Osteoporosis Foundation
- Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose
Where Do You Go For Your Health Info?