Finding and using research evidence: A guide for citizens (Web Resource Ratings)

Finding and using research evidence: A guide for citizens (Web Resource Ratings)


There are now more online resources and
web sites than ever before that are trying to get health information in the
hands of consumers. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to determine
which ones are trustworthy, based on
scientific research evidence, and which ones are just trying to lead you to
open up your wallet and spend your money. Given most people don’t have the time our
knowledge to weed out the good from the bad
one step is to help do this for them. One approach is to identify and rate web
resources so that they don’t have to do this
themselves. and they can determine which sites and
resources contained on those sites are high
quality and which ones are low quality Welcome to the second module in the finding
and using research evidence a guide for
citizens course. In this module we’ll focus on web resource
ratings. One of the most commonly cited frustrations
by citizens and patients is related to when
they are trying to find trustworthy health
information online. As we all know the Internet is chock full of sources of
information related to health many of which are targeted toward citizens
and patients however it’s often difficult to
determine which ones can be trusted. Web resource ratings are one potential
solution to address this problem. In order to overcome the frustration that there
are a lot of sources of health information
online it’s tough to know which of these
sources can be trusted. One potential solution is to provide
evaluations of information found on these
web sites to see if they can be trusted. Evaluations can offer easy to understand
assessment to help people quickly determine whether the information will help the answer
their questions in a untrustworthy way. One potential part of the solution would be to
provide a quality rating that will let citizens and patients know how trustworthy the resources
is and whether they can act on the information
provided. Citizens who decide that the information is
both relevant and high quality enough for
them to use in their own decision-making can
then make the choice and if they are very interested link to the
original resource. For those interested in answering questions
about how to age optimally the McMaster
Optimal Aging Portal provides web resource
ratings to make it easier for citizens and patients to navigate the
Internet and find the most trustworthy health
information contained on the Internet. Web resource ratings contained on the
McMaster Optimal Aging Portal are indexed by
topics of interest to citizens and patients. It
allows them to easily navigate the site and fine ratings of
the sources that they’re looking to find
information from. The star rating indicates how high quality the
information contained on the web site might
be, it provides a summary of the resource so
citizens and patients can identify key
messages, and for those interested in following up if they
deem the information relevant to their own
needs a link is provided. The web resource ratings on the Portal also
suggest keywords that are associated with
the topics addressed by each rating that can be used to search for related
resources.

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