PubMed: Quality Evaluation of Consumer Health Information Websites Found on Google Using DISCERN, CRAAP, and HONcode

PubMed: Quality Evaluation of Consumer Health Information Websites Found on Google Using DISCERN, CRAAP, and HONcode. “Online health misinformation is a growing problem, and health information professionals and consumers would benefit from an evaluation of health websites for reliability and trustworthiness. Terms from the Google COVID-19 Search Trends dataset were searched on Google to determine the most frequently appearing consumer health information websites. The quality of the resulting top five websites was evaluated. The top five websites that appeared most frequently were WebMD, Mayo Clinic, Healthline, MedlinePlus, and Medical News Today, respectively.”

CTV News: Turning to ‘Dr. Google’ may not be as anxiety-inducing or misleading as believed, study finds

CTV News: Turning to ‘Dr. Google’ may not be as anxiety-inducing or misleading as believed, study finds. “Have you found yourself Googling your symptoms in an attempt to soothe health-related anxieties, and then worried that you were going to accidentally misdiagnose yourself and make those anxieties worse? Well, according to a new study from the U.S., turning to ‘Dr. Google’ does not make a person’s assessment of their symptoms less accurate, or worsen their anxiety regarding their health.”

DigitalHealth: Dr Google causes concern for Macmillan Cancer Support

DigitalHealth: Dr Google causes concern for Macmillan Cancer Support. “Charity Macmillan Cancer Support has said it is concerned patients are turning to the internet for information about the disease, leaving them feeling confused and depressed. Research from the charity, based on a YouGov survey of 2,000 people with cancer in the UK, revealed 39% look online for information about their diagnosis, and of these 27% feel anxious, depressed or confused afterwards.”