Week 8 Discussion: Patient Care Technology
Step 1 In an initial post of approximately 150 words, respond to the prompt.
Yvonne Johnson is a 45 year old woman recently diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis and she searches the Internet for information about her ongoing symptoms. Review the document Tips and Suggestions for Evaluating Websites Download Tips and Suggestions for Evaluating Websites
Identify ways to determine whether an Internet site is trustworthy and valid when you are seeking medical information. Also discuss any negative experiences you might have encountered when a patient or someone you know has used the web for “medical advice.”
Determine whether Internet Site is Trustworthy
Medical and health information these days is always available on the internet. It is not always easy to know what is accurate, valid and or unreliable on the internet (Sbaffi & Rowley, 2017). Different internet sources often have conflicting information and patients are always left to figure out which information is trustworthy and which one is unreliable. However, there are various ways to determine whether an internet site is trustworthy and valid when seeking medical information (Lenaerts et al., 2020). One way is to know where the information is from and if it is from a well-known, trusted source of medical information or an expert. Most trustworthy internet sources give evidence-based information.
Another way is to do a quick search to know if there is any other known source that has the same information. The information should appear on more than one internet site. The site should also clearly indicate its sources and also have the distinction between facts and opinions where applicable. The information should also have reviews from the medical experts before being put on any website (Rew et al., 2018). The date of publication or any update should be indicated to confirm if the information is valid and the internet site should also have the contacts of the website owner.
In a clinical setting, I encountered a patient who had used a website to seek medical advice. The patient was battling skin rashes and itching body for months and used an internet site to seek medical advice. The internet site listed a home remedy that included applying baking soda directly to the affected areas and bathing with water mixed with vinegar. The patient followed all the instructions listed on the internet, used the baking soda directly on the affected area and bathed with water mixed with vinegar. Instead, the home remedy worsened itching and rash to the patient’s body and brought other major allergic reactions. The medical advice from the internet in this scenario misled the patient and worsened the condition of the rashes.
Lenaerts, G., Bekkering, G. E., Goossens, M., De Coninck, L., Delvaux, N., Cordyn, S., … & Vankrunkelsven, P. (2020). Tools to assess the trustworthiness of evidence-based point-of-care information for health care professionals: systematic review. Journal of medical Internet research, 22(1), e15415. <https://www.jmir.org/2020/1/e15415/>
Rew, L., Saenz, A., & Walker, L. O. (2018). A systematic method for reviewing and analysing health information on consumer‐oriented websites. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74(9), 2218-2226. <https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jan.13726>
Sbaffi, L., & Rowley, J. (2017). Trust and credibility in web-based health information: a review and agenda for future research. Journal of medical Internet research, 19(6), e7579.