Need reliable health information? Here is a list of reputable and reliable health sources found on the web. In our stacks, you can find Medical and Health information from 610 to 619. Books on addiction and mental health can also be found in the 362’s.
Finding Reliable Online Health Information
There is a lot of good quality health information online, but it is important to be sure the information you are accessing is reliable.
Websites that are created by an organization or educational institution that are well-known are likely to be the most reliable. These may include:
- government agencies
- national organizations
Websites you can trust for health information in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA)
The SHA’s mission is to supply safe, high-quality health care to the public. In particular, the HealthLine webpage is a good resource to explore health information and search for a particular topic. Search results will supply credible information that can be used to make informed decisions about your health.
211 Saskatchewan offers a database of more than six thousand community, social, non-clinical health, and government services across the province.
Other trusted source
For academic peer-reviewed information try these:
Things to consider when deciding if a website is dependable:
- It is clear to you who owns or hosts the information and the website. The owner or host is linked to a government organization, university, hospital, or well-known society (for example Canadian Cancer Society, Arthritis Society, and Heart and Stroke Foundation).
- Contact information is easily found on the website.
- The author or editors of the information are qualified health care professionals. You can easily find the name, education, and experience of the person who wrote or edited the information. An editorial board has reviewed the information. The information is up to date and based on scientific evidence, not just opinion.
- The website is up to date and updated often. There is a date at the bottom of the page or article when the information was written or last reviewed and updated.
- The website has a disclaimer.
- The website includes an advertising policy. You can find a policy to help you tell the difference between what information is edited properly and what is advertising.
- The website is easy to use.
Signs that a website may not be dependable:
- talk about “miracle cures” or try to make a profit by selling health-related products,
- rely on personal testimonies to support claims,
- have advertisements included in the body of the articles,
- ask you to pay to create an account or to see their information,
- are made up only of forums or discussion groups.
Always be sure to discuss any advice or information you find online with your health care provider before acting on it.