Tuesday Talk—Online Health Info—Fake or Real?

Online Health Info—Fake or Real?

Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Here are my symptoms—what’s ails me?

What’s the best treatment?

Is there a cure?

Should I see a doctor?

Seventy-five percent of us look for health information online, but most of us can’t tell the fake health news and advice from the real thing, according to Carol Martin, the Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region and the May Tuesday Talk speaker at the Greater Hansville Community Center.  There are simply too many competing sites and ads and not enough guidelines and standards for us to make savvy choices. It’s too easy to get confused and overwhelmed and misinformed.

Martin has been studying this problem and has ideas on how to get what we want and need from health sites.  She’ll discuss what you should look for when evaluating the quality of the info you find online and the importance of being a “cyberskeptic” if health claims sound too good to be true. She will walk us through reputable and not so reputable resources and provide links to information that librarians use.

Come hear her Talk on Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Annette Wright