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Is it Trustworthy?

You may look on the internet for information about your health problem. It is important to know that not all of this information can be trusted. You may be given advice that is dangerous or misleading. Discuss any information you find with your GP.

Information on the internet is not controlled or regulated. You need to use your common sense about the value of the information you find.

Here are some tips for what makes a good website. The most common things you should look for are:

  • A clear statement of what it is about and why it was developed
  • Easily identifiable and credible authors
  • A 'Contact Us' option
  • Balanced information supported with references or links to other sites
  • Information that has been written or updated recently
  • A site that is well presented and easy to navigate
  • Clear distinction between information and advertising.

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Fact Sheet

Last updated 24 January 2017