Health Literacy and the Internet

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yesterday, Dr. Edward Hill told us about health literacy. In todays 60 Second Housecall, he discusses how our health literacy can be improved using health information available on the Internet.

Dr. Hill:

The Internet is the gateway to a seemingly endless amount of information at your fingertips and results can be found in a matter of seconds.

Many people prefer to use the Web as their main source of information because it is so convenient. But, it is important to remember that the Internet is a public resource. Anyone can create a Web site on a topic of his or her choice, even if they are not qualified to do so.

Here are some tips to help you start your Internet search:

Government Web sites, like the National Institutes of Health, at nih-dot-gov, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at cdc-dot-gov, provide accurate information to patients and families and can also point you in the right direction for other sites.

Large nonprofit organizations, like the American Heart Association, americanheart-dot-org or the American Cancer Society at cancer-dot-org, can also be very helpful.

If you find information that concerns you, bring it to your appointment and discuss it with your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.