The first thing you should do after hearing/reading an information about your health is:
“Is it credible?”
A credible source is a source that is written by an expert in the particular field and has no errors and bias.
False information may lead you to undesirable behaviours that may damage your long term health.
The best advice for pinpointing the credibility of a source is to always be skeptical.
Nothing beats human curiosity and critical thinking!
In the following slides you will be presented with some questions that you should ask yourself to find out if a source is credible enough.
Is it from a credible public organization?
To find out, check the end of the URL.
Search the “about us” function
Finding no contact information is always a bad sign.
Remember that reading information published online can not replace consulting a doctor in real-time.
If the purpose is to educate you or guide you to a consultation with a health professional → probably credible.
If the aim is to make you buy a service or product → not credible.
Ask: Who has published the information?
Was it a health professional, or not?
If so, keep in mind…
In most cases, yes.
But, sometimes what we read or hear is too complex.
In this case, ask your doctor! He/she will either answer your question immediately or look into the subject and answer sometime later. Your doctor is here to help!
Is the website full of ads? → probably untrustworthy.