Navigating the Health Information Maze
A wise health consumer learns to be cautious when consulting Dr. Google, given the extent of the misleading or patently false information available online. But the internet is also an empowering source of rigorous, well-vetted knowledge, if you know where to look. Users need search engines, websites, and social media that offer ready access to trustworthy ideas and findings, and care providers need tools to lessen the noise emanating from misinformation. Platforms, health professionals, and policymakers are advancing adaptable ideas for safeguarding the quality of what lives online, flagging distortions, and elevating valid content so that consumers can make informed health decisions.