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Is online medical information accurate?

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Medical information found online that is current, from a reputable source and provided by an author with identifiable credentials is of better quality and more likely to be accurate than other information. The most accurate information, however, comes from an informed consultation from a health professional.

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Is online medical information accurate?
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The best-quality medical information is up-to-date and based on scientific research. Sources such as government websites, nonprofit institutions and health systems are often reputable and provide accurate information. Information should also be backed by peer-reviewed studies and evaluated by medical professionals, and anything that appears biased or containing personal opinion or testimonial is likely to be less accurate and of poorer quality.

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