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The Internet represents the largest source of immediately available medical information. However, on the Internet, we cannot always separate truth and fiction.
How do you recognize a quality website and develop the ability to read online information with a critical eye?
Focus on serious and official sources such as universities, public hospitals, federal and cantonal public health offices or departments, international organizations, professional medical associations, patient associations.
With so many websites in existence, it is worth knowing which web addresses have been scientifically validated (see List of resources).
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Information available on the internet does not take your personal situation into account (medical history, age, risk profile, etc). Discuss your research together with your doctor.
Do not hesitate to consult several sites to compare their results. Focus on medical portals which contain validated information.
Internet reference sites:
Do not hesitate to share the results of your research with your doctor so he/she can validate the reliability of the information acquired.
Start a dialogue:
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are communications tools widely used in health matters. You can comment, ask a question or respond to an article. The active participation of users grouped into communities is a characteristic of social media.
Your use of social media will depend on your objective and whether you are searching for medical information, sharing advice and support or communicating with patients who have the same medical problem as you.
When using social media, as a priority, consult patient, expert patient or care provider communities. You can also use hospital, university or public body social media sites.
You will find all the information about HUG social media on the site