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Criteria for Determining Credibility of Health Information

A. Criteria for credibility (define each or say how each is important)

1. Source
2. Currency/date
3. Relevance/utility
4. Editorial review process

B. Whether one is referencing print material, resources from the Internet, or listening to a health expert, it is important to discern if the source is reliable.

C. Submit its criteria as well as examples of three reliable and three unreliable sources of health information.

D. Provide justification for classifying each source as reliable or unreliable, and refer to course readings and reliable sources as part of your team's justification.

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1. Criteria for credibility (define each or say how each is important)

a. Source

As mentioned below, it is important to discern if the source is reliable. Some sources, for example, might have misleading or false information, making them unreliable sources. if information is not reliable, it lacks credibility and has no utility for application to health issues. In fact, it can have serious consequences, if unreliable information is applied.

For example, if you use the Web, look for an "about us" page. Check to see who runs the site: Is it a branch of the government, a university, a health organization, a hospital or a business? Focus on quality. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted? Be skeptical. Things that sound too good to be true often are. You want current, unbiased information based on research. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/evaluatinghealthinformation.html

b. Currency/date

Is the information current or dated? In discerning credibility, establishing currency of the information is important because dated information might no longer be reliable if new information has called the dated information into question or sometimes, new research deems the dated information as no longer being unreliable given the new develops in the area of study. Instead you want current, objective information based on research.

c. Relevance/utility

Is the information relevant to current health issues? If so, how relevant is the information to the current health problem or issue that is being discussed? Does it have utility? To have utility means that the information is useful and can be applied (relevant) to current health or health related issues. This is very important because it is a waste of time, energy and money to pay attention to information that is not relevant, nor useful to the field of health. It can also have grace consequences if misleading information is applied to a health issue because it lacks reliability.

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Solution Summary

This solution defines the four criteria to evaluate the reliability of a health information resources, and then, by examples, further discusses relaible resources. It also provides three examples on sources that are considered unreliable, based on the four criteria.