A staggering number of websites offer health-related resources. Social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and subject-specific sites, are becoming an increasingly important source of health information. Many online health resources have useful information, but others may present inaccurate or misleading content. Health professionals need to understand basic criteria for evaluating sites for their own use and for recommending to their patients. Librarians are available to help in finding high-quality sites, tailored to specific patient needs.
This guide provides help for finding reliable websites and outlines things to consider in evaluating health information from websites and social media sources, arranged as follows: