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Misleading information on health social sites

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Social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube can be powerful platforms to deliver and receive healthcare information, especially for patients and caregivers who are increasingly going online to connect and share experiences with others with similar medical issues or concerns. However, these sites may lack patient-centered information and can also be sources of misleading information that could potentially do more harm than good, according to the results of two separate social media-related studies…
Medical News Today: 1st of November, 2011.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/236877.php
iHealthBeat:
http://m.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2011/11/1/researchers-say-online-health-information-could-be-misleading.aspx

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November 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

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  1. […] From the Science Intelligence and InfoPros site Social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube can be powerful platforms to deliver and receive healthcare information, especially for patients and caregivers who are increasingly going online to connect and share experiences with others with similar medical issues or concerns. However, these sites may lack patient-centered information and can also be sources of misleading information that could potentially do more harm than good, according to the results of two separate social media-related studies… Medical News Today: 1st of November, 2011. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/236877.php iHealthBeat: http://m.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2011/11/1/researchers-say-online-health-information-could-be-misleading.aspx […]

  2. Thank you!

    I reposted this at my WordPress health/medical news blog
    (with attribution of course)
    http://jflahiff.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/misleading-information-on-health-social-sites/

    Included listing of relevant links from previous postings at my blog…
    (The links are at the URL above)

    Again, many thanks!
    –Janice Flahiff
    Toledo, Ohio

    How to evaluate medical and health information

    Evaluating Internet health information (Penn State)
    Evaluating Medical Research Findings and Clinical Trials (Family Caregiver Alliance)
    A Consumer’s Guide to Taking Charge of Health Information (Harvard Center for Risk Alliance)
    Evaluating Health Information on the Internet (National Cancer Institute)
    Quackwatch: Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions (Stephen Barrett, M.D.)
    Great starting places for quality health and medical information

    MedlinePlus (US National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health)
    Links to information on over 700 diseases/conditions, drugs & supplements, videos & tools (as health calculators, anatomy videos, directories (as Find an Eye Doctor), and links to organizations
    UpToDate For Patients
    Click on the Patient Information tab to find free information written for patients. These topics help one to learn more about a medical condition, better understand management and treatment options, and have a better dialogue with health care providers. This free information is adapted from the subscription based service UpToDate (which is for and by physicians and researchers).
    US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Includes Health Topics A to Z, and sections as Diseases and Conditions as Healthy Living
    eMedicine Consumer Health
    Comprehensive continuously updated health and medical information written by physicians. Information on specific diseases/conditions includes overviews, causes, diagnosis, treatments, outlook, and additional links. Slideshows, images, pictures,medications, and quizzes.
    emedicine.com is geared towards health professionals. However it is free to all who register.
    But Wait, There’s More!
    Online consumer health guides, as Consumer Health (University of Toledo), Consumer Health (University of Florida), Consumer Health Guide (University of California)
    Libguides are written by librarians on every subject imaginable. They are free to all.
    Never underestimate the finding power of a librarian.
    Many academic and medical institutions offer at least some reference services to the general public. Be sure to ask for a reference librarian. He or she not only has a master’s degree in Library Science, but often additional related education in health related areas.

    Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
    Healthy Roads Media and other sources of quality health information in many languages and multiple formats (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
    Misleading Statistical Information in Ads: A Drug Ad Analyzed and Related Evaluation Resources(jflahiff.wordpress.com)
    Purchasing Pet Drugs Online: Buyer Beware (video) (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
    Meet e-patient Dave – a voice of patient engagement (and related resources) (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
    When PubMed searching yields few good results – 28 biomedical literature search tools evaluated (jflahiff.wordpress.com)

    Janice Flahiff

    November 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

  3. Hi,

    I found tour article,i like it so much.Social networking sites like Facebook and twitter can be powerful platforms to deliver and receive healthcare information, especially for patients and caregivers who are increasingly going online to connect and share experiences with others with similar medical issues or concerns.Thank you for sharing it… Best of luck for further endeavor too.

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    saiinfo

    December 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm


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