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HHS HealthBeat (July 28, 2014)

Checking out online

Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Your doctor is the most reliable source for information about your health, but search engines are there 24/7 with no appointment and they don’t bill each visit. So people often go online.  

At Penn State College of Medicine, Jennifer Kraschnewski found this among 17 pregnant women in a focus group approach. She says the women felt they weren’t getting enough of their information needs met in the doctor’s office.

But Kraschnewski warns most pregnancy information online is not baby doctor-approved.  So she suggests:

“If learning from online resources are your preference, ask your health care professional for reliable websites that you can turn to.”

The study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: July 28, 2014