Recommendations for Using Online Social Networking Technologies to Reduce Inaccurate Online Health Information
Young, Sean D (2011) Recommendations for Using Online Social Networking Technologies to Reduce Inaccurate Online Health Information. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 10 (2). ISSN 0972-5997
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This short report highlights patients' increasing use of the Internet and online social networking technologies to seek health information, and the consequences of gaining information from sites with biased or inaccurate health information. Reflecting on the utility of online social networking technologies for reaching large audiences, practical advice is listed for how health providers can use these technologies to improve the quality of health information that patients receive over the Internet. We recommend that health providers use online social networking technologies to communicate with patients and health information consumers and direct them to reputable sources with accurate health information. We outline the steps to this approach.
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