A Better Way to Talk About Online Health Information
I found an article last week that discusses medical information on the Internet without, for once, resorting to the tired old, “Health websites are BAD” theme. That particular subject isn’t just limiting; it simplifies the quality and integrity of many medical websites to the point of ridiculousness. This CNN article instead took the five top health searches of herpes, pregnancy, depression, heart disease, and breast cancer, and listed favorite information sources for each.
The concept of this article makes for a much more refreshing read than the other kind. I always wonder what public figures are thinking when they complain about Internet research or equate all bloggers to the cyber version of Wayne’s World.
It’s 2010. The Internet ain’t going anywhere, and neither are the people and institutions who write and publish on it. Nor, for that matter, are the questions that drive people to conduct these medical searches. About time someone said, “Okay, people are going to keep reading health information online, so let’s point them in the right direction.”