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Health Promotion for your Bones
Credibility of Internet Resources


What sources should be avoided and why?

 

In my search on osteoporosis using google search engine, I came across 21 million results. This is quite a daunting task to sift through and find a reliable source on bone health, and promotional activities. One way to narrow down your search is to look at the sites with edu or org after the website. This way you can be sure the information is correct, and helps take out some of the other extraneous sites. It’s always good to keep in mind that anyone can create a web page, so limiting your searches to the accredited websites is more beneficial to your search. Some suggested websites for osteoporosis are www.nof.org , which is the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Also the www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/osteoporosis, this is a government approved site for osteoporosis.

www.mypyramid.gov. This is another site that would be a good reference to those looking to increase calcium in their diet, it is also government approved.

 

Explain the search for and evaluation of resources:

 

When you have acquired your resource is now important to evaluate it, to make sure it contains the information that you need, and to ensure it’s a legitimate source. http://library.albany.edu/usered/eval/eresources.html, this web has an outline for critiquing sources. Some of the items included in the outline are: author clearly stated, author/producer has provided credentials, the use of edu or gov in the website, and more ways to make sure you’re getting the best results out of the search.

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using internet in promotion of health?

 

Advantages to using the internet for health promotion are: information is easily accessible in the privacy of your own home, able to compare and contrast different suggestions from different sections of medicine, patients are able to take their health into their own hands and have answers quickly given to them on the internet. At the same time there are disadvantages as well. Sources on the internet can have incorrect information, or be misleading to a patient. The information could give someone a false assurance, and keep them from seeking medical attention for a problem. Then finally challenges the health care professionals to keep up on educating their patients, so that they’re not led astray by these on-line resources. It also can lead to mis-trust of the healthcare professionals, if the patient reads other treatments on-line for their ailment that their doctor is not prescribing.

 

 

 



 

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