Resources - general medical resources General medical resources and internet links

The Internet has made it easier and quicker for patients and family members to find health information. Rocky Mountain Pediatric Hematology Oncology has reviewed these web sites and believes they are appropriate for our patients and their families. But because we cannot guarantee the accuracy of these sites, we have included a list of the recommendations for evaluating the web site reliability. Be sure to discuss with your physician any questions about information from the Internet.

Recommendations for evaluating the reliability of a website:

  • Government or university run sites without marketing, social or political agendas are good sources for scientific and medical information. These sites usually end in ".edu" or ".gov".
  • An editorial board should be available to review material and respond to questions or requests for additional information.
  • The site should link to other sources of medical information.
  • The site should be updated on a regular basis.
  • Informative graphics and multimedia files should be available to enhance the information.
  • The site should offer information either without charge or with good value for the fee.
  • Any web site should make it easy for people to learn who is responsible for the site and its information.
  • The purpose of the web site is related to who runs and pays for it. Many sites have a link to information about the site. The link, which is often called "About this Site," should clearly state the purpose of the site.
  • In addition to identifying the original source of the material, the site should identify the evidence on which the material is based. All facts should have references (such as citations of articles in medical journals). Also, opinions or advice should be clearly set apart from information that is based on research results.