Be a Smart Surfer of Health Information
Every day more health websites become available. Many of these
sites have excellent information but others contain information
that is misleading, outdated or incorrect. How can one sort out
the good material from the bad?
First, the Kelly G. Ripken Foundation has selected websites that
are reliable and will provide visitors with accurate information
about the thyroid gland and its diseases.
Second, there are helpful articles about evaluating websites published
in print and online. Jane Brody (health reporter for The New York
Times) wrote two articles for The New York Times (Section D, p.
1,6. August 31, 1999) that discuss the issues of using the internet
to find health information. TAt the website NOAH, Marilynn Larkin's
article "Health Information on the Internet: How to Get the 'Right
Stuff'", provides excellent information about how to evaluate medical
websites, newsgroups, chat groups, commercial online services, and
more. She also supplies names of other evaluation resources. This
article can be found at http://noah.cuny.edu/eval.html.
There are also books such as HealthNet by Jeanne C. Ryer. Ryer
discusses how to find, use, and evaluate the best health information
on the Internet and commercial online services. She also lists and
rates over 100 of the top sites for reliability, technical level,
and price for commercial services.