Reliable Medical Information

If you’re like a growing number of Americans – approximately 25.5 million, according to the New York Times – you’re increasingly turning to the Internet to find answers to your health and medical questions. And there seems to be no shortage of websites to surf, the Boston Globe reports, as there are an estimated 10,000 to 25,000 sites that offer health-related information. But one of the perils of the Internet is that it is unregulated, and Internet users can be exposed to dubious-even dangerous information. So how can you find a reputable site that provides reliable, credible information?

For starters, you can visit our hospital.

The HON (Health on the Net Foundation) outlines eight principles that medical and health websites should follow. Among them: supplying the author’s credentials; providing information to support, not replace, the patient/physician relationship; offering clear references to source data; and disclosure of commercial and noncommercial organizations that contribute funding to the website.

To ensure that these links are helpful to patients and the public, the NJ spine surgeon website is updated to respond to community requests and inquiries. Recently, for example, Callander received a request for information on eye diseases. Within a short amount of time, visitors to the website could link to two sites that provide information on eye disorders: the American Academy of

Ophthalmology and the Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

In addition to Medical Links, the our Hospital website offers a Find a Doctor page with links to information on our medical and surgical specialists, an interactive town map, career and volunteer opportunities, health events, and classes.

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