Health Information Updates

This was posted today on the BHIC Blog


When looking for health information, the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus provides a trustworthy website to find information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. Send your family, friends, clients and patients here as the first place to look for trustworthy information. Two recent studies show that patients are going to social websites and health advertising for information. It’s important to know how to evaluate the information found on these other resources.! ormation.html How can you tell the good from the bad?

U.S. Consumers seeking medical advice from social websites
Medicine and Technology
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Last week, Accenture released a report indicating that “More Than Two-Thirds of U.S. Consumers Seek Medical Advice Via the Internet and Social Media.” (Press Release Health Study Finds Online Health Advertising Increasingly Helpful
Health ads as a source of information
The health study found that more people are using online health ads as a source of information to help educate themselves about symptoms and conditions (46% in 2010 vs. 42% in 2009), and the different treatment options available (47% in 2010 vs. 42% in 2009). Respondents indicated that health ads make it easier to speak knowledgeably with their doctors (26% in 2010 vs. 17% in 2009).


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